I finally got around to unscrewing a bottle of the Basic, which I picked up after Gismondi gave it 89 points (my “sweet spot” if you will).
Interesting and provocative. A strange hybrid blend that straddles black forest gateau and steak a la poivre. Enticing on the nose. Sweet light peaks contrast with a herbaceous finish. Not complicated but complex. Definitely a complement to the usual merry go round of varietals on the table.
(A blend of Zweigelt and Blaufrankisch; who knew?)
Price: $28 at Kitsilano Wine Cellars, not the $20 posted in the review.
Market Liquidity: Nothing I drank in Austria last year was as intriguing as this.