It is famously difficult to find great Pinot Noir on a budget. The finesse and elegance we expect from great Pinot just can’t often be found for under twenty bucks. And if you’re looking for something farmed organically? Even harder yet. That is, except this rare gem that checks all our boxes. It is unapologetically simple yet sublime for its crunchy red fruits, tempting floral notes, and earthy aromatics. You simply can’t get better Pinot at this price point anywhere.
Work this into your regular rotation. You won’t regret it.
The timbered home that houses this family-owned estate in Hainfeld was built in 1619, but the estate in its current form is far more recent than that. In 1990 Annette Borell and Thomas Diehl married and created Borell-Diehl by joining their families’ three wineries into one.
Starting with a total of 13 acres, they have since expanded to 85 acres of vineyards, all within 3 miles of Hainfeld, about 1/2 hour drive from Deidesheim.
Their holdings are a complex geology of loess, limestone, red sandstone, with deposits of minerally muschelkalk (
Annette and Thomas’ oldest son George is now poised to take over leadership at the estate. Having staged at important wineries lin the Pfalz, Rheinhessen, and Saar, as well as an internship in New Zealand in 2016, he will continue the winery’s focus on quality wines of extraordinary value.
All the wines are from estate-owned vineyards where rigorous crop thinning and hand-harvesting are the norm. In addition, no systemic pesticides or herbicides are used and there is no irrigation in the vineyards. As of 2018, the wines are certified vegan by the European Vegetarian Union.
Best vintage yet of this exquisitely fruity, silken textured, dry Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir) from the sunny Pfalz. Hand-harvested from estate-owned sites, tank-fermented and aged in large, neutral (three plus years old) French oak barrels.
This is Pinot in a modern, easy style with modest alcohol, fresh cherry fruit and a lip-smacking finish.
All wines at Borell-Diehl are sustainably dry-farmed with no herbicides or pesticides.