2012 Umathum Blaufränkisch Burgenland (last of vintage) (Previously $20)

SKU #1195819

Blaufrankisch (a.k.a. Lemberger and Kékfrankos) is a black-skinned wine grape grown widely in Austria and Hungary, and to a lesser extent in neighboring Germany, Slovakia, Bulgaria and Croatia. Tiny quantities are also grown in the United States, most notably in New York's Finger Lakes but also in various parts of Washington (the Rattlesnake Hills, Horse Heaven Hills, Yakima Valley), and such far-flung states as California, Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Colorado. The common feature in Blaufrankisch wines from all of these places is a fruit-forward profile with aromas of spiced black cherries.

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By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/31/2015 | Send Email
These reds from Austria are so CHEAP! These guys try really really hard to make great wine in an unforgiving climate. The quality across the board is excellent and almost always fun to drink. Umathum is pretty tendy so you expect it to be a cut above. The start is just a pile of rubber and gravel. Note: these wines tend to be slightly reduced and should always be heavily decanted. Pounding them with air cleans them right up and if those flavors put you off you can still enjoy these wines without having to waste years cellaring. With tons of air we still have tons of gravel! I love that. Now rich earthy red fruit. On the palate all dark fruit and rich coffee tones. Soft easy tannins don't get in the way. IN the end a pretty easy going wine that drinks well beyond its price point.

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Other Red Wines

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Austria

- Austria is a well-respected wine-growing region in Europe. Yet, even though they make about a third the volume of wine as Germany, not many of these fine bottles make it to the shelves of American wine merchants or restaurants. Lucky for us, their anonymity has translated into incredible value from simple, everyday whites to exquisite dessert wines. Austria shares many grape varieties with Germany—Riesling is king here, too. But the style of Austrian whites is much dryer and more potent. Grüner Veltliner is Austria's second-most-important varietal and makes whites of great versatility and pleasure. Click for a list of bestselling items from Austria.
Alcohol Content (%): 12.7