Markus Altenburger – Red 2014

by  |  12-01-2018

Blaufränkisch and Plavac Mali were some of the first grapes I plunged into when starting to venture outside of my Californian safety net many years ago. It was however not the easiest grape for me to really love as where it’s grown is in generally cooler-climate regions where ripeness can be an issue. In good years, it can be a crisp, lively red that’s pleasant with meals due to a propensity to hold very proper amounts of acidity. In bad years, it’s just flatter than how this spoonjob thinks the earth is. I revisit the grape from time to time and see that its beholding to the weather is still quite true and this is where we find a bottle by Markus Altenburger whose cellar is in Burgenland, essentially on the opposite end of the Lake Neusiedl from Pfneiszl who are just inside Hungary. Markus’s grapes for this wine come […]
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