It has been a while since I had my last Teutonic Tinto. This time I will give one of my favorite Teutonic Pinot Noir producers a chance. I have chosen the mid-range Pinot Noir from 2007 which was made from French clones and cultivated in the Herrenstück vineyard in Kaiserstuhl subregion of Baden.
The rim seemed rather watery. However the actual corona and core was very vital and not as aged as the watery rim indicated. The nose was typical for Holger Koch wines. Rather cool, not smoky, lean - but firm, pretty vivid, relaxed fruitful, elegant, cheery and flowery (violets and a few roses). Nowhere near any superimposition, over-oaking, exaggerated ripeness or over-extraction! Some rather common problems of German Pinot Noirs (sometimes or perhaps a bit more often than just sometimes). Naturally, these characteristics continued in my wine-hole. Holger Koch's Pinot Noir appeared very lively, streaked by a very convincing and vivid acid, showed a well - but probably relatively lean - structured body, was energetically gripping and equipped with a nice amount of sophistication and simple elegance. The fruit flavours were dominated by precise and clear strawberry and aged raspberry flavours which appeared to me as very calm and relaxed. Not tart, but surely not mellow or sweet-fruity. The mineral characteristics were most definitely Kaiserstuhl-like (maybe a bit more limy than others), but in a far more civilized and set-back style. Unlike so many Fat-Pinot-Ducks you may find once in a while down on this vulcanic emperor-chair (= Kaiserstuhl). I think, overall it was a very nice, probably not really very complex Pinot Noir with a nice refreshing character and an above average finish. Really decent and joy providing stuff!