2015 Moric Blaufränkisch Reserve


  • Austria
  • Burgenland

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Community Tasting Note

  • oldwines Likes this wine: 90 points

    January 14, 2020 - Tasted at the Wine & Spirits Top 100 Symposium in NYC. Some noticeable but not unattractive Austrian oak, sweet spices, vanilla, more red fruited than black to me. Very deep and layered. Very interesting and probably better with 5 years in the cellar.

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  • KillerJones commented:

    1/15/20, 5:42 PM - Great review! Not surprising to hear it can go long - intense tannin with this grape, the "Pinot of the East".

    When I visit Budapest, I always seek out this grape; it is called Kekfrancos there...and it is in Bull's Blood, my fave. I hate when they over-oak it...sounds like they did not here.

    Curious...did you get to that tasting before the Penfolds Grange or Ridge Monte Bello ran out?

  • oldwines commented:

    1/15/20, 6:11 PM - Yes, I had a taste of both but have not gotten to writing the reviews yet. Both were Awesome but very different from each other. The Monte Bello, of which I am a huge fan and have been for 3+decades, (and 2016 vintage in general) was gorgeous! Cali Cabs in the 2016 vintage in the right hands make wines like they made in the 1970' balanced and elegant...feminine even. The guys who tried to make the normal "Parker Fruit Bombs" ruined their chances of ever making a long lived balanced wine IMO. Drinking the Grange was wine-infanticide, needs 25 years!

  • KillerJones commented:

    1/15/20, 6:30 PM - It was nice they had this event on the E.Coast, no? I am enjoying so many of your reviews – so thanks!

    I recall Parker stepping away from Cali wine reviews & giving the reins to Antonio. That alone has made a difference to the wine making in the region.

    Wineries that earned high scores in the past were afraid.

    Nice to see Monte Bello adjusting accordingly. Smart move – going more feminine, with so many others.

    25 years on the Grange? I will be 80…hopefully (lol)

  • oldwines commented:

    1/15/20, 6:35 PM - Thankfully Parker has retired but many people have trained under him and score inflation and gargantuan wines still seem to go hand in hand with too many reviewers. Ridge, I think, has pretty consistently made the same style wines due to the longstanding influence of Paul Draper, who while also "retired" now, still goes to the winery almost every day last I heard.

  • KillerJones commented:

    1/15/20, 6:38 PM - Many thanks for the intel...I learn so much from you!

    (Thanks for the friend as well.)

  • oldwines commented:

    1/15/20, 6:50 PM - 😉👍🏻

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