Borell-Diehl 2017 Pinot Noir Trocken, Pfalz, Germany

Borell-Diehl 2017 Pinot Noir Trocken, Pfalz, Germany

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Borell-Diehl 2017 Pinot Noir Trocken, Pfalz, Germany

Winemakers: Annette Borell, Thomas Diehl, George Diehl

Terroir: estate-owned sites composed of sandstone, muschelkalk (limestone) and loess

Vinification: Hand-harvested, tank-fermented and aged in large, neutral (3+yrs old) French oak barrels.

Tasting Nores: This is Pinot in a modern, easy style with modest alcohol, fresh cherry themed fruit and a lip-smacking finish.

From our wineclub notes:

The timbered home that houses this family-owned estate in Hainfeld, Germany was built in 1619, but the estate in its current form is far more recent than that. In 1990, Annette Borell and Thomas Diehl married and created Borell-Diehl by joining their families' three wineries into one. Starting with a total of 5 hectares (12 acres), they have since expanded to 135 acres of vineyards, all within 5km of Hainfeld, about 1/2 hour drive from Deidesheim. Their holdings are in a complex geology of loess, limestone, red sandstone, with deposits of minerally muschelkalk (limestone) in some sites.


Annette and Thomas' oldest son George is now poised to take over leadership at the estate. Having staged at important German wineries like Rebholz (Pfalz) Wittmann (Rheinhessen), and Von Volxem (Saar), as well as an internship in New Zealand in 2016, he will continue the winery's focus on quality wines of extraordinary value.


German pinot noir tends to be very precise and matter-of-fact. Tart and just-ripe red fruits like black cherries, cranberry, and wild strawberry hit the palate at first, but then the undeniable earthiness of the old world comes in with damp forest floor, fresh cut mushrooms, and a chalky, tactile mouthfeel. This wine is light weight, as well, as Pfalz is a region that gets a lot of sunshine for fruit ripeness, but is a well-known home of steely and high acid Riesling as well, so you’ll not find the full-bodied pinot noir structure of California here. Instead, the Pinot Noirs of this part of Germany taste a little more French- the Pfalz is, after all, a natural continuation of France’s Alsace region!


This is an easy dry pinot noir made for everyday enjoyment. Snack with what you will- you don’t have to worry too much about that!


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