Let’s arrange a five-minute memory and quickly repeat what is generally written on the German label and how to read it, if you can’t even pronounce “im eichenfas gift” for you the first time.
Classification of German wines in a minute
In fact, everything is very confusing at all p̶r̶e̶de̶e̶l̶̶n̶o̶ ̶p̶r̶o̶s̶t̶o̶. The highest category of German wines is predicate, Prädikatswein. True, all this, to a greater extent, applies to white wines (Rieslings), but nevertheless. They are divided by the degree of ripeness of the berry (the amount of natural sugar at the time of harvest): Kabinett, Spätlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese (BA), Eiswein (EW), Trockenbeerenauslese (TBA). Kabinet and Spätlese wines can be either dry or sweet. Trockenbeerenauslese – only very sweet.
We are interested in the most numerous category of unpredictable quality wines – Qualitätswein. The label usually indicates this word + region of origin (one of 13). In our case – Baden. In the name you can also find such abbreviations as QbA (Qualitatswein Bestimmer Anbaugebiete), which means “quality wine from a certain region”.
The sugar content can be found on the label: Trocken (dry), Halbtrocken (or Feinherb – semi-dry), Lieblich (semi-sweet), Süss (sweet). As a rule, everything that is labeled semi-dry in Russia will be Trocken on the label.
Well, “Im eichenfass gereift” means that the wine is aged in oak, although it is not necessary to write about it.
But on our Dyourbacher from Baden it says. 18 months in large oak barrels.
Durbacher Baden Pinot Noir 2015
It all starts with roasted coffee and caramel, but not like in Barista, of course, but subtly, with a touch of nobility. The wine carries a very neat and delicate aroma, made from cranberries, lingonberries, wild berries and earthy notes. Shades of smoke and foliage flow into a mushroom tone.
Chanterelles! Have you imagined the smell? Pause…
… take a sip.
Oh! Light, gentle, berry-spicy and soft in the mouth. A very elegant Pinot Noir that grows right in the glass. So do not rush to “destroy” it – enjoy.
Make an incredible pair of tuna sushi. The main thing is not to borscht with soy – otherwise it will kill the delicate taste of wine and tuna.
🚀 SUCH WINE: 90/100 | Vivino: 3.3
Type: red, dry
Grapes: Pinot Noir
Country: Germany, Baden
Price: 1753 ₽
Where: Bar Monopol (St. Petersburg, Moscow)