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Staff Pick

Burgenland "Pitti", Pittnauer - 2016

Item # 34710 750mL
$14.99/ Single Bottle
$179.88 $161.89/ Case of 12
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Tasting Notes

Austria's answer to Beaujolais. A red wine that's full of juicy dark-berried fruit and meant to be enjoyed by the light-hearted drinker. The winemaker is no simpleton though and has been growing wine, as opposed to "making" it for years now. Winemaker Gerhardt Pittnauer took over his father's estate in the 1980s and learned through the decades that less is more when it comes to not only growing vines but vinifying in the cellar as well.


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Staff Pick Notes

A quaffable red wine made from a blend of Zweigelt, Blaufränkisch, Merlot. It drinks best slightly chilled; treat it as you would a Beaujolais. Winemaker Gerhardt Pittnauer took over his father's estate in the 1980s and tends his vineyards with organic and biodynamic practicres in order to bring out the best quality fruit. The "Pitti" is a jovial wine with dark berry flavors that pairs nicely with grilled meats and veggies.

- LM

Astor's Glossary of Terms

Blaufränkisch

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Zweigelt

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