Here was a red from the Wagram region of Lower Austria, the coolest zone in this lineup. The result was concomitantly lower in alcohol and had the telltale pale garnet color of a cool-climate wine. Hints of mint and herbs wafted over lovely aromas of plummy black fruits with a base note of earth. On the palate it was spicy with great piquancy, black pepper, and more plummy fruits. The finish was long and supple, and this wine retained its character after a day in the bottle. Enormously elegant and food loving. To my mind, a close second for best of tasting. Recommended.Meg Houston Maker


WHO: Weinberghof Fritsch
WHAT: Zweigelt
DESIGNATION: Red Soil
WHERE: Austria, Wagram
WHEN: 2009
HOW MUCH: $18 (media sample)

 

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Meg Houston Maker, MA, CSW, is a writer curious about nature, culture, food, wine, and place. She’s passionate about traditional food-ways, artisanal food and wine production, and the human connection to landscape. Meg is former Executive Editor of Palate Press and now serves as a regular columnist. Find her essays about communications, social information, and writing on megmaker.com. Find her essays about food, wine, and the pleasures of the table on Maker’s Table. Follow her on Twitter @megmaker.