Szabo’s VINTAGES Preview – Aug 5th

Terraced Vineyards of the Wachau, Austria, and Wachau Buyer’s Guide, Plus Smart Buys at VINTAGES 
By John Szabo, MS

John Szabo, MS

John Szabo, MS

Austria’s Wachau region offers some of Europe’s most spectacular, UNESCO-protected vineyard scenery, not to mention some of the greatest riesling and grüner veltliner on earth. Here, grapevines cling to narrow terraces above the Danube, carved from frighteningly steep slopes. Farming costs are up to five times greater than in flatter riverside vineyards, but the wines, to be sure, are worth the effort. Read my separate report on this singular region, including 80+ reviews from top producers. In this report are my smartest buys from the VINTAGES August 5th release, with some textbook classics as well as fine discoveries from unusual grapes like Spain’s xarel.lo, and little-known regions like the volcanic slopes of Mount Ararat in Armenia.

John Szabo’s August 5th VINTAGES Buyers’ Guide:

Red Smart Buys

Vigna Di Pallino 2014 Riserva Chianti DOCG, Tuscany, Italy ($26.95) From Tenuta Sette Ponti, this single vineyard riserva has a lovely medium red colour, transparent but still saturated, and an engaging nose that brings bright, fresh red cherry fruit into the mix alongside wild fresh resinous herbs and minimal (old) wood influence. The palate is equally engaging, gorgeous in fact, with inviting sapid, succulent acids and beguiling, very fine texture. Great length too. This is really classy and sophisticated Chianti to be sure. Top notch, nice price. …


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That’s all for this report. See you around the next bottle.

John Szabo, MS

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