Kamptal, Austria; 12% ABV; Erzeugerabfüllung (producer’s bottling)
Imported by Schafer-Reichart Selections. Producer web site here.
$3 at the Berkeley, CA, store on 25 May for a 1 liter bottle with a pry-off cap like on a beer bottle (which I’ve seen on some German wines I liked).
Was an excess buyer’s sample sold as a one-off.
I don’t recall tasting a wine made from Zweigelt (see other Zweigelts reviewed here) before, but is similar to some German reds I’ve had: dark, tangy, and a little spicy. It has some of the softer character that I’ve come to associate with WA state Cabernets.
It’s quite tasty from first pour, with tangy and slightly funky flavors of purplish red plum, black cherry / raspberry, redder cranberry, with a little spiciness in the finish. I thought that after about two hours of air, it became softer and more integrated. While it’s not super full-bodied or complex, I found it a very tasty and novel wine. Since this was only an excess buyer’s sample, I’ll give a price at which I think this would be a decent deal should it ever show up on GO shelves: about $7.