Grapelive Wine of the Day
By Kerry Winslow
2008 Weingut Willi Brundlmayer, Pinot Noir “Cecile” Kamptal, Austria.
This elegant Pinot Noir is really a gem with crushed rose petals, spicy minerals, red berries and subtle earthy essence. Brundlmayer is one of the top estates in the Wachau region of Austria and is based in Kamptal with lovely terraced vineyards near the Danube. This fantastic winery makes a stunning selection of top quality wines from a Champagne class or better sparkling wines to sublime Rieslings and Gruner Veltliners, but they also make one of the finest Pinot Noirs in the country, and it can often rival the more well known Burgundy domaines and German Spatburgunders. Without question, I think the 2008 “Cecile” is the best yet with such silky texture, life and complexity it just sings and does so with massive sex appeal. The palate is round and filling with soft cherry, raspberry and plum fruits, mineral rocky tones, truffle notes and lively acidity with a sublime finish that goes on for minutes. Truly world class and beautiful, if you can find some you’ll be thrilled.
($58 Est.) 94 Points, grapelive