Palataia Pinot Noir 2012

palataia (450 x 600)Germany 13.5%

Sunday lunch with family, having Roast Pork, so what do you drink with it? I bet the first choice wouldn’t be a German Pinot Noir but I have to say it turned out to be an inspired choice. The Bottle in question is the Palataia Pinot Noir 2012 from the German Pfalz region, one of the most seductive and elegant  Pinot’s I’ve tasted for a while.

Decanted this for around an hour or so although tasting it straight off it still tasted pretty good.  In the glass, lovely colour bright, delicate and see through with wonderful aromas of strawberries, red cherries and the longer you hovered with your nose over the glass the more interesting it became with a meaty , gamey and herbal undertone.

Around the lunch table the first sips were greeted with sighs and a universal surprise at how nice this really was.  Beautifully balanced with fresh red berries and that meaty, herbal flavour,  slightly sweet and a little spicy kick to finish with. Paired  brilliantly with the Pork cutting through the fattiness and rich flavours.

A Pinot Noir to rival a more expensive Burgundy and a German one at that. German Precision is often talked about, German elegance not so much, drink this and it will change your perception.  At around £8.99 this is the best sub £9 bottle I’ve bought for a while.


My Rating 8.5/10 Corks

M&S £8.99

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