2014PrielerRose2014 Prieler, Rose of Blaufrankisch, vom Stein, Burgenland, Austria.
Coming in May of 2015 is this beautiful and very rare Rose of Blaufrankisch from Georg Prieler, this bright and spicy pink wine has loads of character and flavor packed into a liquid mineral frame, and it should be a wine to search high and low for upon release late this Spring. This was a dry thrilling example of Rose that show a great touch, vibrancy and has a pretty lingering finish, this wine and Nigl’s Rose from the Wachau are leading the way in Austrian pink this year, and they’ll deserve some attention this summer. The 2014 Prieler, which I tasted from a barrel sample, is imported by Terry Theise and should be arriving by May of this year, it was one of many great bottles shown to me by Georg Prieler, this is a winery to check out, with a string of fantastic vintages recently, especially compelling among the current wines were his gorgeous 2013 Ried Sinner Chardonnay, the Blaufrankisch Ried Johanneshohe and the Seeberg Pinot Blanc. The 2014 Rose starts with heady floral aromas, wild herbs, strawberry and peppery spices with a crisp mineral driven palate of tart cherry, crushed violets, wet river stones, red apple skin, hints of raspberry and peachy notes. This vivid hued pink is refreshing and zesty, but has some real texture and finesse, it certainly will give some high price Bandol a run for there money this coming season, this is glorious and utterly quaffable stuff, drink from 2015 through 2016.
($18 Est.) 92 Points, grapelive

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