2017 Friedrich Becker, Heydenreich, Pfalz, Germany
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2017 Friedrich Becker, Heydenreich, Pfalz, Germany

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The Becker family has farmed in the Palatinate region for generations, their land dappled with fruit orchards—apple, pear, cherry, and plum. Their vineyards benefit from the diversity of their orchards and the manure from their livestock. Towards the end of the 20th century, the family realized that the soils and the aspect of their hills offered exceptional growing conditions for grapes and vineyards were planted, though the domaine itself wasn’t created for some years. In 1973 Friedrich Becker Sr. filled the first bottles with the fox on the label. The fox has come to stand, to many, for German wines of consistently outstanding quality. The Palatinate region in Germany is across the border from Alsace and the Becker’s vineyards span between Germany and France. They care for their vines with sustainable practices and take great care that the fruit is at its most ideal ripeness before they harvest.

2017 Friedrich Becker, Heydenreich GG, Pfalz, Germany comes from a southerly facing grand cru vineyard on top of limestone with a thin, clayey topsoil. The pinot noir grapes are carefully hand harvested, destemmed, and fermented in open oak vats. The wine matures for 18 months in oak barriques. The bouquet combines elegance and power, an earthy mineral core garbed in crystalline cherry and raspberry fruits with a flowing spice and herb-filled murmur, finishing in a slight dark chocolate bitterness at the end. An astonishing example of German pinot.


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