Randy always says that the Alsatians make Pinot Noir to punish the Germans, because historically the wines have been tart, lean, tangy and high in acidity. There was a time when I would agree that there wasn't much to love about the Pinot Noir from such a chilly growing region but just as we have seen all over France, the weather is getting warmer each year, producing riper fruit and thusly, fuller and riper wines. Roland Schmitt is one of our most beloved producers and I was truly impressed with this Pinot Noir. Not terribly Pinot Noir like on the nose, little more floral and spice but in the mouth, loaded with black cherries and smoke. Elegant and welcoming texture with a fairly long finish. Salmon, chicken, pork and mushroom dishes would work beautifully.