Blaufränkisch "Eisenberg Bela Joska," Wachter-Wiesler
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Blaufränkisch "Eisenberg Bela Joska," Wachter-Wiesler - 2018

Item # 32297 750mL
$19.96/ Single Bottle
$239.52 $215.57/ Case of 12
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Tasting Notes

Incredible, graceful expression of Blaufränkisch from a super star winemaker, Christoph Watcher. The estate uses natural yeast, 20-30% whole cluster berries, and large barrels, which allow the wine to see the perfect balance between fruits and oak. Energetic floral aromas followed by complex flavors of red and blue fruits, lavender, spices, and minerals.

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Staff Pick Notes

Blaufrankisch. Hard to spell, but easy to love. This tart and spicy gem comes to our shores courtesy of winemaker Christoph Wachter. Although still in his 20s, he espouses some old-fashioned viticultural techniques, such as withholding fertilizers and allowing natural weeds and insects to populate his vineyards. The goal is to allow grapes to do what they naturally do before being harvested. The result is modestly elegant, displaying zesty minerality and a bouquet of violets, red currant and raspberry preserves. A must-try for Pinot Noir lovers, and a great argument for taking Austrian reds more seriously.

- DY

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