A German Rosé

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German Pinot Noir Rosé

German Pinot Noir Rosé

Pardon my ignorance. This is definitely my first German rosé. What about you? Königschaffhausen is a wine cooperative in the Baden region of southwestern Germany, a long hop, skip, and a jump from the Rhine River and Alsace, France. No surprise that the area is known for wine. But rosé? When you’re in the neighborhood make sure to travel down the Baden Wine Road as well as the Baden-Baden casino. If I had to choose between the two… Upon visiting the coop’s web site I was surprised by the absence of Riesling. But the coop does reds, whites, this rosé, and sweet wines. The companion wine is a well-known rosé, Mateus, costing a few dollars less.

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Wine Reviewed
Winzergenossenschaft Königschaffhausen Pinot Noir Rosé Trocken 2011 12.5 % alcohol about $12

Let’s start with the marketing materials. “Description : The name may be hard to pronounce but this is a rosé that is very easy to enjoy. It shows plenty of authentic Pinot Noir character in a refreshingly light style. Tasting Note : Pretty nose of red cherry, strawberry, and mineral with notions of peach and watermelon. Quite dry, with laser-focused acidity. Juicy strawberry and sour cherry echo on the palate. Crisp, lingering finish. Pair with summer salads, stuffed peppers, or chicken skewers hot off the barbecue. (VINTAGES panel, March 2012)” And now for my review.

At the first sips this wine was quite acidic, but not excessively, and showed a touch of sweetness. In the presence of Japanese rice crackers the drink was long, tasting of strawberries. My first meal centered on an omelet perked up by garlic powder, black pepper, dried basil, and crushed chilies. In response the libation offered raspberries and sour cherries with pleasant acidity. The sides each had their own impact. Paired with a Jerusalem Artichoke the wine responded with raspberries. Zesty guacamole made it taste lightly metallic, and roasted eggplant brimming with garlic rendered the liquid long with good acidity.

My next meal began with a steamed artichoke. The leaves turned our German friend metallic with lots of raspberries and tangy acidity. And the heart transformed the wine into a shadow of itself. Then came a boxed Baked Ziti Siciliano that I doused with grated Parmesan cheese. The libation tasted subtly of raspberries with good acidity. It was long. Fresh pineapple almost removed any presence in my glass.

The closing meal’s focus was homemade chicken breast nuggets fried in oil with dried basil, black pepper, and crushed chilies. The rosé was round and sweet with a tinge of darkness. When paired with green beans in a crushed tomato sauce over quinoa the liquid’s acidity heightened and I got lots of raspberries. Gobs of honey mustard on the meat sweetened and lightened the libation whose acidity was refreshing. Homemade sesame seed, sunflower seed, and carob cookies gave the liquid good fruit and acidity.

Final verdict. I liked this wine and would buy it again. I’ll be looking for more German rosés.

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About the Author

Levi Reiss has authored or co-authored ten books on computers and the Internet, but to be honest, he would rather just drink fine French or other wine, accompanied by the right foods. He teaches classes in computers at an Ontario French-language community college. His wine websites include
www.theworldwidewine.com    and    http://www.theitalianwineconnection.com

Visit his website devoted to Italian travel www.travelitalytravel.com

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