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heinrich zweigeltAs transparent as a freshly wiped pane of glass yet the funk gives it a quirky dimension. Great quality for the price.

Focused aromas of black cherry, cranberry and paprika swathed in eau de salami make a very intriguing nose.

In the mouth it’s on the light side of medium bodied and refreshingly crisp after a juicy introduction. It has a soft, calm midpalate but spicy, peppery notes punctuate a clean, limpid seam of fresh spring water on the long gentle finish.

The tannins are shy, the acidity bright but never sour. This is where cheerful and trippy meet—pair with some Good Vibrations by the Beach Boys.

Technical Notes: A biodynamic producer, and one of the first to commit to making red wine in Austria, Heinrich has been in operation since 1990. This wine is fermented with native yeasts, spent extended time on the lees, and was aged for 8 months in 500 liter used Slavonian and Austrian oak casks. Zweigelt is native to Austria and is their most popular red grape. It’s an offspring of Blaufrankisch and St. Laurent. We should drink more Zweigelt.

Score: 92

Price: $21     (Find this wine)

Alc: 12.5%