Weingut Friedrich Becker Spätburgunder 2008 Pfalz (15 Euros)
I picked this wine up last spring when I visited my dad and step-mom in Berlin. This is a much different style of Pinot than I'm used to because its unoaked. Now I know most people are thinking, "Wow you've never had a Pinot Noir Rosé," but it wasn't a rosé. It had almost full body and depth of color. The guy in the wine shop on Simon-Dach Strasse said this was a very popular style in Berlin and I must agree it was quite delicious.
When I first opened the bottle I was surprised by how dark the wine was. I know the guy in the shop said it was unoaked and not a rosé, but I was half expecting it to be a rosé and there to be some sort of language barrier. The wine was dark brick in color. So after I let the bottle warm up a bit, I had chilled it thinking it was a rosé, the nose had typical Pinot aromas of cherry, raspberry, a slight funky mushroom character, and dry earth, as well as a bit of chocolate to round it out. All those scents carried through to the palate and the red fruits were very bright and open. The wine was a little on the acidic side and the tannins weren't noticeable which yielded a light body. The finish was short and crisp with a slight lingering of chocolate.
Not having the wood tannins was very noticeable in the mouth feel, but it also resulted in a much more brilliant expression of the fruit. So in conclusion I would love to try more of this style and I recommend it to anyone, especially those who are making the switch from white to red or aren't up for the tannins in the big reds.