Continuing to work my way through the imported wines I picked up at Grocery Outlet in Sonoma County, we pulled the cork on this one New Year’s Eve for a pre-midnight taste. With an original price around $18, this was a fun and juicy wine to share, as Austrian bubblies don’t cross our paths that often.
Fermented in the bottle by the traditional method, the mousse had rather large bubbles but they lasted well in the glass, and some yeasty, bread dough notes in the nose. Also surprising was the bright yellow color.
As expected of the hot 2003 vintage, this was very ripe and concentrated quaff, a fruit bomb of luscious aromas and flavors. Mango, orange marmalade, peaches, lemon curd, and pineapple made a brash statement along with mineral and petrol notes. Not what I look for in a sparkling wine, but it was certainly a hit at the party with those who find champagne “too sour” and prefer bolder fruit. Medium-heavy body with lush texture, the cleansing acidity kept the brut level dosage in check and carried through to a medium-long, fat finish.
On my way south the next morning, I pulled off the freeway to see if the store might be open on the first. It was, and I bought a couple more bottles of the Sekt and the Monti Barbera. This bubbly will make some nice mimosas at a future brunch.
Purchased at Grocery Outlet in Rohnert Park on December 29, 2007.
6335 Commerce Blvd, Rohnert Park, CA