2012BeckerPN2012 Becker Family, Pinot Noir, Pfalz Germany.
One of the sweetest deals in great Pinot Noir is the basic Spatburgunder Trocken from Becker, and this lovely and lush 2012 is everything you could ever want from a wine at this price. Grown in Germany’s Pfalz region on sandstone, marl and a mix of soils the Becker wines can easily match Burgundy for Pinot Noir enjoyment and style. The 2012 Becker Family with refined poise and ripe tannins showing of a pretty of dark fruits, sweet/toasty wood and stony/mineral as well as light floral tones and tea spices. The medium weight palate feel glorious with a dense silky texture and sexy layers of black cherry, fig, strawberry, poached plum and tangy currant or forest berry with hints of vanilla, anise and rose oil. The 2012 is a very satiny Pinot, less nervy than the 2010, but with a solid core of structure, I had my bottle open two full days and everything kept fresh, lively and impressive, this might not be a long term ager, but it should see some exciting drinking over the next 2 or 3 years, though why on earth would you wait on a wine so tasty? If you are looking for Pinot Noir these days, Germany just might be your best bet, I’ve enjoyed some stunning values too, this Becker, as well as the Rudolf May from Franconia, August Kesseler in the Rheingau and of course Meyer-Nakel in the AHR, check them out!
($24 Est.) 91 Points, grapelive

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