Within the last 2 years I've only had a few German reds. All Pinot Noir. The wines I've had are from some of the top producers and the problem is the price which is not relative to what you would expect to pay for similar quality from other regions. For example, the Meyer Nakel below retails for $65 and the Huber for $50. Here are my notes:2003 Meyer-Näkel Bad Neuenahrer Sonnenberg Spätburgunder - Germany, Ahr (9/10/2011)
Took my last bottle to New Buffalo to drink alongside another Spatburgunder. Paired with veal brats from Paulina market. Just as good as ever. Some thought it was not pinotlike enough. It is a bigger and richer style. Really a Pinot that you would expect to come out of California. 2003 was one of the hottest and ripest years in German history and it showed in this wine. Amazing that a wine like this could be made in a cool region like the Ahr. Notes of dark fruit and charcoal. Holding up very well. 92 points.2008 Aufricht Meersburger Sonnenufer Spätburgunder - Germany, Baden (9/9/2011)
A friend brought this back from Germany. Drank alongside a Meyer-Nakel Spatburgunder. Very different styles. Light red color. This much more subtle and nuanced. Creamy, soft red fruit. Easy to drink. 89 points.2004 Bernhard Huber Malterdinger Bienenberg Spätburgunder "R" - Germany, Baden (2/14/2011)Bohemian Duck Dinner (Pinot and Riesling) (New Buffalo, Michigan)
: This estate was started in 1987. Today, Huber makes some of the best Pinot in Germany and Bernhard Huber was voted the winemaker of the year in 2008 by Gault Millau. His vineyards are planted on Devonian chalk and are aged on their skins.13.5% alcohol. The "R" stands for his reserve level wines. This was my 2nd favorite Pinot of the evening and it matched very well with my wife's duck. Good core of fruit and drinking well. A round and supple Pinot. Notes of earthy red fruit and tar. 91 points.