Claus Preisinger Basic, 2012

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.

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