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Baden - Red Pinots

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I had already announced this tasting last June, when ENO WorldWine published its report on white "Burgundies" coming out of Germany's southernmost winegrowing region of Baden. Quite like for the whites, the echo on our call for red samples was very positive, even if some producers whose wines had done well in the first tasting, this time mysteriously missed out on the appointment. Did they not dare to compete with their reds? Or had they expected higher ratings for their whites? Whatever the reason, it's a a pity because I am sure that some of them would have performed very well, this time too.

Pinot noir, aka Spätburgunder and its "little brother" Frühburgunder were in the focus of our second tasting series or wines from Baden. (photo: E. Supp)

Instead, some producers whose wines had not been among the top rated whites, did very well this time, such as the Bimmerle estate, and others who had not participated with their whites, ended high on top of our ranking for the reds, such as Hartmut Schlumberger.

As far as the vintages were concerned - we had ask for samples of the latest bottled wines -, between 2008 and 2012 every year was represented, with those from 2011 as clear winners, in quantity as well as in overall quality. There was a lot of alcohol to be swallowed, top scorer was a wine with 15.5 degrees, but neither all of the more alcoholic wines made it to the top, nor were they the ones that mostly smelled and tasted of the alcohol. All in all, this was a most interesting tasting, and I would love to put some of the topscorers against the best Pinots from the Ahr, from Burgundy or from elsewhere in the world, on day.

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*****Rainer Schlumberger (Sulzburg-Laufen) - Laufener Altenberg Spätburgunder 2009 Auslese tr.
*****Karl H. Johner (Vogtsburg-Bischoffingen) - Baden Blauer Spätburgunder SJ 2011
*****Bimmerle (Renchen) - Baden Spätburgunder barrique 2011 tr.
***** ?Klumpp (Bruchsal) - Bruchsaler Weiherberg Pinot noir 2010 tr.
***** ?Knab (Endingen) - Endinger Engelsberg Spätburgunder barrique 2011 Auslese tr.
**** +Sasbach am Kaiserstuhl eG (Sasbach) - Sasbacher Rote Halde Spätburgunder barrique 2011 Auslese tr.
**** +Karl H. Johner (Vogtsburg-Bischoffingen) - Oberrotweiler Eichberg Spätburgunder SJ 2011 tr.
**** +Schloss Ortenberg (Ortenberg) - Baden Spätburgunder SL 2011 Spätlese tr.
**** +Knab (Endingen) - Endinger Engelsberg Spätburgunder barrique *** 2011
****R. & C. Schneider (Endingen) - Baden Spätburgunder Diel *** 2010
****R. & C. Schneider (Endingen) - Endinger Engelsberg Spätburgunder *** 2010
****Michael Wiesler (Staufen) - Zunzinger Rosenberg Spätburgunder Edition 2010 tr.
****Klumpp (Bruchsal) - Bruchsaler Rothenberg Spätburgunder 2010 tr.
****Hartmut Schlumberger (Sulzburg-Laufen) - Laufener Altenberg Pinot noir Wingerte 2009 Großes Gewächs
****Freiherr von Gleichenstein (Vogtsburg-Oberrotweil) - Oberrotweiler Eichberg Spätburgunder Baron Philipp 2009 tr.
****R. & M. Aufricht (Meersburg - Stetten) - Meersburger Sängerhalde Spätburgunder Isabel 2011 tr.
****Karl H. Johner (Vogtsburg-Bischoffingen) - Bischoffinger Steinbuck Pinot noir 2011
****Gräflich von Kagenecksche Wein- und Sektkellerei (Breisach) - Urbarer Beulsberg Spätburgunder Eichenfass 2011 Spätlese tr.
****Otto & Martin Frey (Denzlingen) - Baden Spätburgunder Gneis 2011
****Oberbergen im Kaiserstuhl eG (Vogtsburg-Oberbergen) - Oberbergener Bassgeige Spätburgunder Edition TT 2011 tr.
****Staatsweingut Karlsruhe - Durlach (Karlsruhe) - Durlacher Turmberg Späburgunder barrique 2011 tr.
****Alde Gott Winzergenossenschaft eG (Sasbachwalden) - Baden Spätburgunder barrique 2011 Spätlese tr.
****Badischer Winzerkeller eG (Breisach) - Tutschfelder Kaiserberg Spätburgunder Antiqua 2011 tr.
****Staatsweingut Freiburg (Freiburg) - Freiburger Jesuitenschloss Spätburgunder 2011 tr.
****Bimmerle (Renchen) - Baden Spätburgunder 2011 Spätlese tr.
****Klumpp (Bruchsal) - Baden Spätburgunder 2011 tr.
****Hex vom Dasenstein (Kappelrodeck) - Baden Spätburgunder Barrique 2011 Spätlese tr.
****Bimmerle (Renchen) - Baden Spätburgunder Reserve 2010 tr.


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