2010 Domaine Bechtold, Pinot Noir “Obere Hund” Alsace, France.
Bechtold’s Pinot Noir is light, bright and spicy, but really gets rolling with air and should develop nicely in the bottle over the next few years. The nose starts with tangy cherry, dried roses, pepper and loamy earth before a palate of light color, delicate layers of plum, raspberry and cherry fruits with truffle, tea spice and forest floor notes. This light to medium bodied red needs air and swirls to come alive, but it is a rewarding Pinot that gives you a mystery to unwrap and by the time it is finished you want it even more. This wine proves to be a deliverer of it’s terroir and this winery that makes natural style wines from organic vines is one to watch in the coming years. The organic movement in Alsace has become mainstream and while the wines continue to evolve, there are many magical wines to discover there.
($30 Est.) 92 Points, grapelive

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