The first time I ever had this wine was at a restaurant in San Francisco called Atelier Crenn. I want to say the year was 2010, and we bought a 2007 off the list. It was my first German Pinot Noir and I was really impressed.
Since 1638 the Fürst family has been making wine in the Franken region with vineyards facing south overlooking the towns of Miltenberg and Bürgstadt, and they were part of the initial 1970 VDP designations in Franken. Sebastian and his father Paul make about 1700 cases of the ‘Tradition’, from vines 35 years or younger. It is 80% aged in old 228L oak barrels and 20% untoasted new barrels. Pair with beef stew, lamb meatballs with green beans, venison, cured salmon.
Label I.Q.: Local knowledge…it is pronounced SCHP?TE-bur-gunder, not SPOT-bur-gunder.
Jancis Robinson article on German Pinot Noir from Sept 2017:
"Such is German enthusiasm for their Spätburgunder, as Pinot Noir is known there, that we don't see enormous quantities on export markets, but I seize every opportunity I can to taste them because it seems to me that the average quality has risen enormously over the last five to 10 years. And, while Spätburgunders from renowned producers are rarely cheap, burgundy prices are now almost ludicrously high, so alternatives to red burgundy have become increasingly attractive."