Burgenland "Pitti", Pittnauer
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Organic

Burgenland "Pitti", Pittnauer - 2022

Item # 34710 750mL

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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Wine made from grapes grown without synthetic pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides in the vineyard.


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Staff Pick Notes

This wine is great for March Maddness, which is what I call it when I get uncontrollably angry that it's still cold outside. It's light bodied, low in tannin and laced with bright cherry fruit. It's made by quirky Austrian vinter Gerhard Pittnauer, who loves to experiment and doesn't take himself too seriously. Check out his website if you have the time. Enjoying Pitti as we enter our fourth month of sub-freezing temps provides a well-deserved rush of warmth that we simply won't be experiencing without liquid assistance for another 6 weeks. Pair with tandori-spiced chickpeas, crispy smashed sweet potatoes, online bathing suit shopping and wishful thinking.

- GWN

Glossary

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