October 15 2011 issue
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TASTING PANEL German Spätburgunders David Furer, CWEPinot Noirs from the past decade impress a Dallas panel. Pinot Noir from Germany—called Spätburgunder, or “late (ripening) Burgundian”—is today the most widely planted and highest-quality red grape from this northern European dynamo, trailing only Riesling and the rapidly declining Müller-Thurgau in total acreage. Back in the 19th century, German plantings of red grapes actually exceeded those of whites. Admittedly, most were anemically flavored, low-alcohol drinks for everyday glugging in ...
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