2009 Monika Caha Selections Zweigelt “Zvy-Gelt” Niederösterreich

This wine is a collaboration between winemaker Neinhard Forstreiter and Monika Caha Selections, who distributes the brand. Aging was half in stainless and half in neutral oak, but the wine mysteriously offered sweet butterscotch aromas along with its faint hints of black pepper. On the palate it was slightly spicy with a strong vegetal character that was balanced by sweet cherry-berry flavors. The finish, though, was lean and peppery. This wine needs food, and was a surprisingly good pairing for the herb-rubbed meat. I kept returning to the wine throughout the meal: it’s an extremely admirable wine, especially for its price. Recommended. Meg Houston Maker

WHO: Neinhard Forstreiter
WHAT: Zweigelt
WHERE: Austria
HOW MUCH: $12 (media sample)


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