2007 Undone Pinot Noir (Previously $11)

SKU #1041751

Sometimes a great wine pops up when you least expect it. This bottle has a lot to overcome in the US market; the fact that people don't necessarily think of Germany for great value Pinot Noir, the fancy, hip, label depicting a woman's corset being "undone", and the fact that it is $10.99 AND imported. To be honest I had little hope but again here we are... Much like the Bernier Chardonnay we have been selling the heck out of this wine exceeds its humble beginnings. The Undone Pinot Noir is all about fun, easy drinking pleasure. Bottled with a screw cap, unoaked and unmanipulated this is the fresh, light and juicy wine for those of us who don't like our Pinot Noir to look and taste like Syrah. The wine is delicate and pure, medium bodied and full of wild strawberry, cherry and raspberry aromas with just a subtle hint of spice in the finish. "No sugar tonight" in this wine. Think of this for parties this holiday season or Tuesday night with grilled sausages or roast chicken with mushrooms. 12.7% ABV

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By: Melissa Smith |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/5/2010  | Send Email
First impression on the nose? Cola. Undone is a delicate, smooth, bargain Pinot. Un-oaked, you are exposed to the characteristic raspberry and rose notes, with just a touch of spice. This is a beautiful and versatile every day drinking wine that everyone can enjoy.

By: Jeff Garneau |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/4/2010  | Send Email
Ignore the odd label and the unusual name. Ignore the screwtop...er, "Stelvin" closure. Focus on the fact that inside this bottle is some of the best Pinot Noir you will ever enjoy at an unbelievable price. Technically this is a German Spätburgunder, fermented and aged without oak, so it is a little paler in color than you might expect. Don't be put off by this. It displays formidable character. Rose petal and fresh, ripe raspberry on the nose. On the palate the wine has a tart, crunchy "red apple" character. This wine has it all - crisp acidity, sweet fruit and soft tannins. A word of caution. This wine is frighteningly easy to drink. If you're like me, you'll have polished off the bottle before you have time to say "Guten Abend." But that's ok. At this price, you can afford to buy more.

By: Jacques Moreira |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/20/2009  | Send Email
I like this wine for what it is. Light, full of bright cherries, easy drinking. Usually I give it a little chill and drink it as I would a rosé. It goes very well with all kind os light fare cuisine.

By: Mike Parres |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/7/2009  | Send Email
This 2007 Pinot Noir is medium-bodied and bursts with pure varietal flavors and aromas of rose petal, black cherry and raspberry, delicately balanced with sweet vanilla notes and soft tannins.

 By: KLF |  Review Date: 5/18/2009 
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Not a fan of this at any price. Just not the flavor set I am looking for (I love Oregon, Sta Lucia, Santa Ynez, Mendocino).

That said, this is the pefect "mystery wine" to take to a brown bag tasting, because many will be dumbfounded by the flavor set...and perhaps miss that it's a pinot alltogether.

 By: Tully Moxness |  Review Date: 5/1/2009 
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This was a real surprise, and I'm glad I took your recommendation. There's no way I would have guessed this was a Pinot Noir, from Germany no less, had I not already known. I'm used to bigger Pinot Noir, and this was far lighter and simple than that. It's so light that it borders on a blush, but the flavors were a lot more interesting. It has great light red fruit on the nose, esp. cherry and strawberry, and those flavors continue on the palate. The lack of oak makes it an easy finish, virtually no acidity, and it was a crowd pleaser at dinner among the different levels of wine drinkers we had. For the price point, it's a great deal. I'd give it about an 85, and an 85 for $11 works for me.
Drink from 2009 to 2011

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Varietal:

Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
Country:

Germany

- Thanks to a recent string of excellent vintages and to the reemergence of Germany onto the international wine writing scene, this is a country that's hot, hot, hot! Germany is divided into 13 wine Region and produces a very wide variety of wine styles, from incredibly high-acid, dry wines to some of the sweetest, most unctuous concoctions on the planet and even a few surprisingly hearty reds. Most of the highest-quality wines are grown on steep banks along the rivers in these Region. Small vineyards are still mostly hand tended and picked, due to the difficult nature of mechanization on these slopes. White wine production accounts for nearly 80% of the total with Riesling being the most important varietal, though Muller-Thurgau is still more widely planted. Click for a list of bestselling items from Germany.
Sub-Region:

Rheinhessen

Alcohol Content (%): 12.7