OK, so "a rose" (not rosé, but a rose) "by any other name would still smell as sweet." But is this true of Pinot Noir?
2005 Pinot noir
Domänenweingut Schloss Schönborn
65347 Hattenheim / Deutschland
Product of Germany A.P. Nr: 31052 058 06
750ml Alc. 13.0% by vol.
Estate Bottled German Red Wine
Actually, in fact, this looks more like an older rosé rather than a red wine, extremely pale, translucent color, shading to onion skin, very bright and brilliant to the eye; the bouquet is surprisingly Burgundian in character, rose petals, delicate cherry notes, hints of sous bois and spice -- clearly this is not a Vosne-Romanée or Gevrey-Chambertin; it's not even a Savigny-les-Beaune or Pommard; but it is reminiscent of a Givry or perhaps something like a Rully rouge or Mercurey -- very fragrant and enticing; on the palate, the wine is silky smooth and surprisingly flavorful, well balanced with bright acidity, soft fruit and supple flavors; the finish is long and flavorful. Worked surprisingly well with a couple of rib-eye steaks, and -- well, it's the only German Spätburgunder I've ever tried that I would buy a second time.