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Beltramo's Wines & Spirits
1540 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025

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2007 Rudolf Furst Spatburgunder 'R' Centgrafenberg - Spatburgunder 'R' Centgrafenberg Franken (750ml)

Paul Fürst makes remarkably elegant wines for a region renowned for rusticity. He produces wines of many different styles. The traditional whites such as Silvaner, Riesling and Müller-Thurgau offer crystalline purity with a near silky palate, but true to varietal and terroir. For example, there is a distinct difference between the Centgrafenberg and the Volkacher Karthäuser Silvaner with the first more filigree, finer, racier and the latter more rustic and minerally. Quite different is the Pinot Blanc (Weissburgunder) which is made in a white Burgundy style and fermented in small barriques including malolactic fermentation. Oz Clarke and Steven Spurrier's Fine Wine Guide state that Paul Fürst's Weissburgunder is the most Burgundian white produced in Germany. Some very special noble sweet wines from Pinot Noir and Riesling are produced in miniscule quantities.

Paul Fürst's big challenge are red wines. The western portion of Franken has always been producing a good quantity of red wine especially Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir). The old, traditional style of Pinot Noir, was never mistaken for red Burgundy. This started to change in the mid-'80s when Paul began experimenting with new vinification methods more akin in style to red Burgundy. His 1990 Pinot Noir was a breakthrough and helped establish the variety as a serious category in Germany.

In a blind tasting connoisseurs mistook the wine for a Burgundy from the Commune of Beaune.

Today fermentation is done on the skins and the wine is matured in mostly French oak. The wines show very good aging potential. The 1990 still tastes very young today. The best reds are in order of increasing quality: 
- Parzival, a red wine cuvee of Pinot Noir and Domina, Frühburgunder
- Spätburgunder Spätlese "R" is the top wine.

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