In my quest of bringing your attention to lighter, crispier red for Spring and Summer seasons, I thought that it will be a good idea to introduce you to a Zweigelt based wine. They are some delightful Zweigelt wines on our shelves, but the following wine seems to me more interesting because of its blend of Zweigelt, Blaufränkisch and Merlot.
Blaufränkisch wine usually offers aromas of dark ripe cherries and dark berries, with spicy hints, medium tannin level and in general very good acidity. Young wines are deeply fruity and become more velvety, supple and complex with age.
Zweigelt is a red grape variety developed in 1922, at the Federal Institute for Viticulture and Pomology at Klosterneuburg, Austria, by Fritz Zweigelt. It was a crossing of Blaufränkisch and St. Laurent. It is now the most widely grown red grape variety in Austria.
Weingut Pimpel is a fairly small innovative Austrian property of about 23 acres, in Carnuntum, one of Austria's premier winegrowing areas.
Carnuntum was an important Roman army camp in what is now the eastern Austria, also called “Lower Austria”. Its remains are on the main road halfway between Vienna and Bratislava (Slovak Republic), on the "Archaeological Park Carnuntum" in eastern Austria, extending over the area of today's villages Petronell-Carnuntum and Bad Deutsch-Altenburg.
Joseph Pimpel is an enlighten producer, in love with his land, his vines and his wines. Fairly young and dedicated, it has a very natural approach regarding the vineyard and the cellar management.
2007 Joseph Pimpel red “Carnuntum” Austria
Suggested retail price $10-$13
Distributed by Savio Soares in NYC
A blend of two popular Austrian varietals, 40% Zweigelt and 40% Blaufrankish, completed with 20% Merlot, the resulting wine is highly aromatic with lush red and wild berry flavors. The palate is bright and dry, with ample acidity to provide a balanced structure. The intense yet soft and crisp fruit-forward flavors make it a good match for Thai or other highly flavored ethnic cuisine.
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Info partly taken from the winery website at www.pimpel.com
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