Erzeugerabfüllung (producer’s bottling) from Kamptal, Austria
1 liter bottle with beer-bottle-like pry-off cap; 12.0% ABV
$3 at the Berkeley, CA, store on 25 May
Was an excess buyer’s sample sold as a one-off.
While I quite liked the Leithner Zweigelt trocken (“trocken”=”dry”) non-vintage wine that I got at the same time, this wine was only okay. It showed fairly ripe flavors of yellow apple, lemon, lime, some bitterness of grape skin, and a dull minerality. It’s nicely balanced, but although close to “interesting,” it still qualifies as only a “quaffer.”
We usually try to say whether a wine is a good value, but these excess buyer’s samples are all priced low to get rid of them, so I try to give a price at which I think they’d be a decent deal. The Leithner Zweigelt I estimated at $7 showed up for $6 in WA state, and I liked this less, so let me guess $5.
The next day, the rest of the wine in the fridge was fine, but didn’t change my opinion.
Here is another review of this bottling. Written almost 5 years ago, it almost certainly does not describe the same incarnation of this non-vintage wine, but it may still be of interest.