Pfaffl Austrian Cherry 2008
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Deep ruby red color. Pronounced fresh cherry and sour cherry aromas with spice notes. Round and juicy on the palate, with flavors of dark cherry and spice against a backdrop of soft tannins.
Wonderful with steak and burgers thanks to its concentration of fruit flavors, and versatile enough to pair with pasta dishes and pizza.
Wine & Spirits - "Whether or not you approve of the name, this is an impressive zweigelt, its dark cherry and raspberry flavors gaining complexity from hints of game and wood smoke. The contrast between juicy fruitiness and edgier, earthier components creates vibrant tension."
Roman Pfaffl has stood at the helm of his family’s acclaimed Austrian wine estate for over 30 years. During this time Roman, together with his wife and children, has focused on crafting impeccable wines that reflect authentic Austrian terroir through their depth, minerality and balance. The family’s dedication to quality has earned Weingut R&A Pfaffl a reputation as the leading winery in Weinviertel, Austria’s largest and best-known wine region. The estate produces fine wines from 57 hectares of vineyards in 10 villages throughout the Weinviertel. “The Dot” is Pfaffl’s fun, food-friendly, accessible line of wines. View all Pfaffl Wines
About AustriaThe country of Austria is steadily growing in both wine production and quality. The rise in popularity can be partly attributed to the success of Grüner Veltliner, the most-planted grape of Austria. As a landlocked country Austria has a decidedly continental climate. Most Austrian wine comes from the region of Lower Austria, which happens to be located in the northeast corner of the country, but called as such because of its lower elevation level. Within Lower Austria are many sub-regions, the most well-known being Wachau, Kremstal and Kamptal. To the south of Lower Austria is Burgenland, known for producing good reds and sweet whites. Styria is the furthest south, on the border of Slovenia and produces very little of Austria's total wine production. Wein, or Vienna, is its own region as well, a little enclave inside of Lower Austria.
Notable FactsBeyond the delicious Grüner Veltliner, Austria's white grape varieties include Riesling, which can make both sweet and dry wines, Weschriesling, Sauvignon Blanc and some Weissburgunder, (we know it as Pinot Blanc). In reds the best grapes are Blaufränkisch, a red grape also found in Germany, which creates wines that are strong and structured, and usually from Burgenland. Another red coming out of the country is the indigenous crossing (one of the parents is Blaufrankisch), Zweigelt (zuh-VYE-gelt). This is a big and fruity red, usually best drunk young, and quite pleasing.
Austrian Wine Laws & LevelsLike Germany, wine quality is determined by the must weight of the grapes when picked – in other words, the ripeness level. Austria is fairly strict when it comes to their wine laws. The first level of quality is Tafelwein, regular table wine and by far the most produced. Next is Landwein, one step up from Table wine and with more regulations.
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5 ratings, 4 with reviewsAbcd - Washington, DC312/11/2010PSB - New York, NY45/22/2011Great value. Similar to a full-bodied Pinot, IMO. Would love to see more wines from this region.MichiganCliffy - San Francisco, CA33/22/2011
Interesting. Smooth and a bit fruity. I think I'll stick with Pinots instead.eCo - Spring, TX31/31/2011This red from Austria was aptly named. Cherry dominates, but with a bit of spice that provokes more interest. It's fairly dry, and reasonably long on the finish, but not very complex. I paired it with a homemade lasagna since the label mentioned pasta, but I think this would go much better with a pork loin. Zins and certain Italian reds are still my faves with red sauces.Melbell - Frisco, TX412/22/2010This wine was smooth and mildly sweet. Was a huge hit at a gourmet party. Paired well with all, but spicy tamales.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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