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99 • Domaine Pöttelsdorf 2009 Exzellenz, Blaufränkisch, Burgenland $36.99.
Exotic aromas and flavors of potpourri, cassis, and spicy pumpkin and apple pies with a silky fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a layered cinnamon-clove spiced nuts, mocha and fine tannin finish. A superbly stylish red that will excel with prime rib or lamb. A world-class blaufrankisch. (tasted on Sep-17-2012)
95 • Leo Hillinger 2009 Blaufränkisch Reserve, Leithaberg DAC $44.99.
Savory, meaty aromas of dried berries, pickled beets and okra with a silky fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy craisin, Asian spices, and earth accented finish with ultra fine tannins. A great lively and complex table wine. (tasted on Sep-17-2012)
92 • Umathum 2008 Joiser Kirschgarten, Blaufränkisch, Burgenland $69.90.
Smoky roasted nut, cedar, grilled cranberries, and mocha fudge aromas with a supple, dryish medium body and a tangy, dried citrus, plum and grass accented finish. Nice intensity and depth; pair with spicy beef dishes. (tasted on Sep-17-2012)
91 • Giefing 2009 Reserve, Blaufränkisch, Burgenland $36.99.
Earthy, rustic aromas of ink, clay, and grilled nuts and mulberries with a soft, tangy medium body and a mushroom, tomato and forest floor nuanced finish. This wine was made for grilled game. (tasted on Sep-17-2012)
89 • Zantho 2010 Blaufränkisch, Burgenland $12. Best Buy.
Lovely aromas of pickling spices, sandalwood, and roasted dates, pineapple and berries have a slight agave-like quality with a supple dryish medium body and a tangy, savory tomato, sour cherry and pepper accented finish. A nice savory table wine that will pair nicely with bbq pork and beef. (tasted on Sep-17-2012)
88 • Leo Hillinger 2007 Terrior, Blaufränkisch, Burgenland $69.99.
Aromas of dried berries, nougat, and clay with a silky dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy cranberry, honeyed citrus, and earth finish with powdery tannins. A solid choice for grilled lamb or Latin steaks. (tasted on Sep-17-2012)
88 • Umathum 2010 Blaufränkisch, Burgenland $21.75. Cellar Selection.
Dense aromas of buttery roasted cashew brittle, honeyed berries, and delicate herbs with a supple, dryish medium-to-full body a cranberry and cedar accented finish with firm tannins. (tasted on Sep-17-2012)
87 • Domaine Pöttelsdorf 2009 Fass 2, Blaufränkisch, Burgenland $9.99. Best Buy.
Aromas of boysenberry jam, sandalwood, chocolate and baking spices with a silky dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy baked apple and orange accented finish. Lovely balanced and zesty style; pair with grilled pork and duck. (tasted on Sep-17-2012)
86 • Domaine Pöttelsdorf 2009 Baronesse, Blaufränkisch, Burgenland $15.99.
Deep ruby color. Aromas of cherry, raspberry and grape jams with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a cedar, peppery spice, and apple skin accented finish with light dusty tannins. A nice sturdy red for the table. (tasted on Sep-17-2012)
86 • Nittnaus 2009 Leithaberg DAC, Blaufränkisch, Burgenland $24.99.
Nuanced aromas and flavors of dark chocolate, char-roasted nuts, and toasty cedar with a supple, dryish medium body and a currant and salted tomato accented finish. A rock solid red for pasta and meat dishes. (tasted on Sep-17-2012)
84 • Hafner Family Estate 2009 Kosher Barrique, Blaufränkisch, Neusiedlersee $10.49. Kosher|Find-a-Wine|
Aromas of jammy stewed berries and toffee with a soft, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a rhubarb pie, apple core, and dried citrus finish with grassy tannins. Pair with burgers. (tasted on Sep-17-2012)