As we gear up for fall at the shop, our tasting schedule is ramping up as well, which is sometimes fun, and sometimes just slogging through 20+ “red blends” in a day, searching for one that doesn’t make us all want to heave. I’ve tasted some delightful wines, many from Austria, in the past couple days, so here’s a little rundown:
First up was this little gem from Huber. A bit more sophisticated than my beloved Paul D, but still comes in a convenient liter bottle.
This Zweigelt rose reminded me of La Croix Grapefruit soda mixed with cranberry juice, only boozy. So sour and zingy it almost seems carbonated – basically my perfect beverage. It’s closed with a crown cap, which for some reason makes me happy.
And THESE two gorgeous Gruners are from a producer I’m not familiar with, Hollerer, but I can’t wait to try everything they make and drink it all. These are single-vineyard Gruners, and each had a distinct character – the Ganslgraben was very mineral-driven, lean and serious, and the Langer Weig was much more plush and ripe. Plus I just love the labels.
God, I love Austrian wine. I want to go back ASAP.
Now, on to one of my other favorite winegrowing regions: Piemonte:
What a lovely, fresh Langhe Nebbiolo. All the tart, just-ripe fruit of a Gamay or really great Dolcetto, but with the structure of Nebbiolo. Delicious. Why did our rep not bring a giant plate of charcuterie so I could retire to the back steps and kill the rest of the bottle? Cretin.
What have you been tasting as summer winds down?