Pale copper color; strawberry, raspberry, cherry, clove on the nose; candied cherry, strawberry, raspberry, watermelon, minerality on the palate.
Dry with hints of sugar on the finish; fruity, crisp, refreshing. Medium-plus body. Good acidity. Grapes tank fermented in Nähe, Germany by a fifth-generation winemaker. The family has been involved in wine production and trading since 1886. The winery has won International Organic Awards. The Nähe region is named for the river that flows through the forested Hunsrück Hills as it gently flows toward Bingen on the Rhine. 13% ABV
The website notes: “For five generations, the family business Günther Schlink has been dedicated to viticulture at the Nahe. In close and friendly cooperation with our winemakers, wines are created whose character and independence perfectly embody our love of wine.”
Günther Schlink Pinot Noir Rosé 2020 is nice expression of German “Spatburgunder”—German for pinot noir. Although this likely qualifies as a dry rosé, there is a touch of sweetness, too. Ripe grapes and push the residual sugar to the dry border. Also, this is German wine, so whiff of sweetness and good acidity are part of the DNA. This works well as an aperitif or fun solo sipper. Pair with shellfish; light fish; chicken—cold, white meat, in a salad; pork—Parma ham, prosciutto; charcuterie board; vegetarian fare; fresh fruit, especially strawberries and peaches. Cheese—goat cheese, especially fresh and young cheeses; feta, mozzarella, baby swiss, mild cheddar. $13-15