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Becker-Landgraf Spatburgunder Gau-Odernheimer Muschelkalk J2 2013

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WHWC Staff Notes: The Muschelkalk bottling from Becker-Landgraf shows a fruit profile similar to the entry-level wine, but the concentration and compactness of the fruit is on a noticeably higher plane. Where the entry-level wine shows the restrained elegance of Burgundian fruit, the Muschelkalk is entirely reminiscent of a top wine from the Santa Cruz Mountains, with explosively exuberant black raspberry and black cherry aromas and underlying notes of nutmeg, toffee, and mint that keep the fruit from going overboard. The structure and tension are beguiling, as you don't often get this sort of acidic vibrancy along with such a velvety density of fruit. Secondary notes of savory cured meats do indeed lend a Burgundian side to the wine, and as the name implies, a firm streak of chalky limestone runs through the core. The 2013 Becker-Landgraf Muschelkalk will age well for another three to five years, but there's no reason to wait, as this wine is spectacularly delicious right now! - Andrew Kitz, 9/13/17

Region: Germany

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  • 2013

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Winery: Becker-Landgraf
Color: Red
Varietal: Pinot Noir
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WHWC Staff Notes: The Muschelkalk bottling from Becker-Landgraf shows a fruit profile similar to the entry-level wine, but the concentration and compactness of the fruit is on a noticeably higher plane. Where the entry-level wine shows the restrained elegance of Burgundian fruit, the Muschelkalk is entirely reminiscent of a top wine from the Santa Cruz Mountains, with explosively exuberant black raspberry and black cherry aromas and underlying notes of nutmeg, toffee, and mint that keep the fruit from going overboard. The structure and tension are beguiling, as you don't often get this sort of acidic vibrancy along with such a velvety density of fruit. Secondary notes of savory cured meats do indeed lend a Burgundian side to the wine, and as the name implies, a firm streak of chalky limestone runs through the core. The 2013 Becker-Landgraf Muschelkalk will age well for another three to five years, but there's no reason to wait, as this wine is spectacularly delicious right now! - Andrew Kitz, 9/13/17

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