This Zweigelt also hails from the Niederösterreich in the smaller district of Carnuntum. But the vineyard mesoclimate enjoys the tempering influences of Lake Neusiedl and the Danube, producing riper fruit that still retains good acidity. The wine was deep cherry red with extremely elegant aromatics, including a whiff of tropical vanilla, supple red fruits, and dusty earth. It had the most grip of any of this tasting, but the tannins were beautifully textured, playing against the earthy fruits and ripe cherry acidity. On the whole the wine was the best integrated, supple, and nuanced of the tasting, and was still all together the following day. The best of tasting. Highly recommended. 92. Meg Houston Maker
WHO: Franz und Christine Netzl
WHAT: Zweigelt
DESIGNATION: Rubin Carnuntum
WHERE: Austria, Niederösterreich, Carnuntum
WHEN: 2010
HOW MUCH: $14 (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 columnist and former Executive Editor of Palate Press. Find her essays about communications, social information, and writing on Find her essays about food, wine, and the pleasures of the table on Maker’s Table. Follow her on Twitter @megmaker.

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