13.5% ABV | Price: about $14 (media sample) The result of another Monika Caha collaboration, this time with winemaker Erich Scheiblhofer. The fruit was grown in the extreme southern tip of Burgenland, which enjoys considerable sunshine and warmer temperatures than elsewhere in Austria. The result was, not surprisingly, the most full-bodied wine of our tasting, plush and heavily extracted and deep inky red. Aromatically it offered lots of woodsy sweetness with pronounced notes of clove. The clove continued on the palate, too, along with a kick of pepper and black fruits. I found this wine a little too opulent and not as food-friendly as the other examples, but it would likely be pleasing by the glass, and to those not acclimatized to leaner reds. Recommended. Meg Houston Maker


WHO: Monica Caha Selections
WHAT: Zweigelt
DESIGNATION: Andau
WHERE: Austria, Burgenland
WHEN: 2009
HOW MUCH: $14 (media sample)

 

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