Friday, December 28, 2007

Review and Rating: **+ Turn Me Red Zweigelt, 2004, Burgenland, Austria

Hmmm... quite an appealing Austrian.

The zweigelt grape, that is!

It's a red grape grown almost nowhere other than Austria; and indeed very little-known anywhere else. It's a cross of grapes similar to pinot noir and gamay, dating from the early 1920's, and originally called "rotburger" of all things. Eric Asimov did a piece on this grape recently in the NY Times. Let's see what zweigelt is made of, so to speak...

The 2004 "Turn Me Red" zweigelt from Hans Nitthaus shows a medium deep red in the glass, with an opaque center. Darker than I figured for an Austrian red.

The sweet, brooding plumy aroma reaches just past the edges of the glass.

On the palate, it shows a simple middle of cola and plums, with a light coating of inky tannins that hold a moderate finish. All in all, a pleasing, though tempered experience. Made me want for a brick oven pizza and a midsummer afternoon. Two stars, with a plus for being so agreeable.

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