Prieler 2005 "Johanneshöhe" Neusiedlersee-Hügelland Blaufränkish ($17.99)
From Austria's Burgenland region, this varietal Blaufränkish adds 15% Merlot to the blend. Dark garnet, almost black at the center. Spicy white and black pepper over red fruit aromas. Distinctly peppery on the palate, with plenty of fresh, juicy red plums and sour cherries to back it up. Fully dry, rather light in body, but mouth-watering acidity and that peppery character provide plenty of structure, with soft tannins joining in the finish. Very interesting and complex, reminds me in overall character, if not the specifics, of a good Loire red. US Importer: Michael Skurnik Wines, Manhasset, N.Y.; a Terry Theise Estate Selection. (Dec 30, 2007)

FOOD MATCH: I built a red-meat dish to match by kicking up a pan-seared flank steak with the aromatic Asian flavors of soy, garlic, ginger and "five spice."



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