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Setzer- Gruner Veltliner 2020

The Setzer winery was founded in 1705 and remains one of the oldest continuously run estates in this part of the Weinvierte

ll portion to vineyards. They now almost exclusively produce grapes and focus on wine making. Their wines are uniquely Austrian, one feels the elevation in the slightly higher level of acidity. The texture runs more to light to medium in body for Gruner and often shows floral notes in conjunction with classic straw, wheat and savory flavors that the variety is known for.

Ecke- Zweigelt Liter 2019

Bernhard Ecker farms 20 hectares in the serene Wagram, which separates Vienna from the Kamptal and Kremstal. This region has incredibly deep, and mineral rich loess soils, deposited by a receding primordial ocean, millions of years ago. The name Wagram comes from “Wogenrain” meaning “shore”. Bernhard took over winemaking in 1998, but the Ecker family has 400 years of history farming and raising animals in the area. Since 2004, Bernhard has been the chairman of the “Wagramer Selektion,” the second oldest winery association in Austria. The wine itself has aromas of violets, spicebox, punchy raspberry, and even cinnamon  There is a delicacy and lift to these wine, while being not at all wimpy. Warm days and colder evenings contribute to an acidity that is a key factor on the palate, a rare quality for many red wines. Great potential for a chill and pairing with grilled or spicy foods.

Bottle Popper 

Sattler- St. Laurent 2019

Erich Sattler is emblematic of the new generation of Austrian vintners: a wine-school grad and the 4th generation in the family to take over his family’s estate, in 1999. “We make wine as my grandfather did,” he says, “only with better machines.” Located in and around the village of Tadten, Sattler’s vineyards are on the east side of Lake Neusiedl, which moderates the warm air from the easterly Pannonian plain’s continental influence. All ferments are spontaneous and in a mixture of stainless steel and large, neutral cask.This traditional Austrian variety is an offspring of the Pinot Noir grape. Similar in structure and silkiness with a distinct spiciness and a hint of dark fruit. Dark purple in color with a fine and fruity nose. The structure of this wine is elegant with flavors of Morello cherry


Ziersen Chasselas 2017

Ziereisen is located in the very southern part of Baden in a town called Efringen-Kirchen, directly on the Rhine river at the border of Alsace and Switzerland.  According to the winemaker  “Our philosophy is that wines should reflect their provenance as purely as possible. This is why we treat our vines and wines with great care by minimizing chemical treatments and filtration. In the vineyards, we try to make use of the traditions that our ancestors passed along to us.” 

The Chasselas grape is unique – it has low acidity, low alcohol and low aromatics but it has this unique freshness and elegance, and it is very delicate. Because the variety doesn’t have its own strong personality it really does take its personality from the soil where it grows. You really taste where it comes from. This particular wine sees two years in large (3,000 liter) casks, the site is limestone, high-elevation and windy; the wine has a refined aroma and a superb palate; it isn’t sous-voile but tastes as if it were made in the Jura.

Savvy Sipper 

Brundlmayer Steinmassil- Riesling 2019

These vineyards are cultivated sustainably, following the Austrian Programme of Sustainable Agriculture.  Their management of natural resources – soil, sun, water and plants – follows simple and sensible procedures. The vines are partially trained in the Lyre-system. This method doubles canopy exposure and favors aeration which improves photosynthesis and prevents dreaded fungus diseases.

Citrus peel, white flowers, stone fruit and gooseberry dominate the graceful aromatic arc. Delicate and bright fruit nuances on the palate, dry, fresh and pure with more yellow fruit and great acidity to match leading to a mineral and slightly spicy finish.

Ziersen Schulen Blauer- Spatburgunder 2017

While they don't seek to copy it, the Burgundian style is their inspiration. Pinot noirs especially, reflect their place of origin so the producer bottles each separately as Tschuppen, Schulen, and Rhini. 

Fermented on the skin for about six weeks and aged in Assmann barriques for two years (only 5% of which were new), Ziereisen's 2017 Schulen offers an intense, spicy, well-concentrated and slightly toasty bouquet of dark cherries and berries but also reveals nice freshness and purity as well as notes of iron. The wine is still a bit reductive but should open up with aeration. It is silky textured, pure and fresh on the palate, with good concentration, ripe tannins and a tart, fresh finish. This is a juicy, elegant and serious Pinot for every day, even Sundays.

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