Grapelive: Wine of the Day March 29, 2016

2013Moric2013 Moric, Blaufränkisch, Burgenland, Austria.
The latest Moric highlights the seriousness of the grape and the intensity of the vintage in Austria, this wonderfully layered and complex version of Blaufrankisch is a beautiful example of varietal and place. With lots of dark blue fruit, mineral and earth the Moric shines with vitality and charm showing violets, minty herb, black olives and earthy spices from start to finish along with a core of black cherry, huckleberry and currant fruit. With a medium to full body and plenty of vigor this Austrian red is singing with a great voice in it’s primal youth, but it should evolve nicely too as it has solid extract and fine acidity with velvety tannins, it comes in at 12.5% alcohol and feels a bit like an old school Bordeaux with elegance, rustic nature and smooth balance of ripe fruit and savory elements. With air the more subtle character begins to show with tangy plum, cedar and truffle coming through, 2013 was a brilliant vintage in Austria, and not just for the whites, here in Burgenland too, drink this poised Blaufrankisch over the next 5 to 7 years.
($30 Est.) 92 Points, grapelive