Pinot Noir 2013 Classic, Stadlmann, Thermenregion, Lower Austria
This wine is #20 on the Wine Enthusiast Magazine Top 100 for 2015
Stadlmann’s history dates
back to as early as 1778 when Johann
Stadlmann dedicated himself to the
production of high quality wines on
the southern outskirts of Vienna. Today
the Stadlmann family cultivates 50
acre of predominantly old vines under
strictly controlled organic regulations.
This Pinot Noir is a result of the cool climate of the Thermanregion and mature vines grown on hillside vineyards of calcareous soil and Alluvial gravel.
Spontaneous fermentation on native yeasts with skin contact occured over 10 days. The wine was aged 12 months in large oak casks. Wine Enthusiast Magazine scored it 93 points saying "The scent of very ripe, crunchy Bing cherries is heady at first. On the palate, red cherry fruit dominates the soft, pliant and lighter body, fringed by pleasant earthiness. This is Pinot Noir in a very Central European idiom: Not weighed down with heavy oak but confident enough to let fruit and place speak for itself. This is elegant and soft, light-bodied yet ripe. If you listen to this, it will slowly reveal its undoubted beauty."
I bought this on WE 93 rating, I have never tasted Austrian wine before. I have tasted Italian wine from the Alto Adige, this did not compare to that. I did not understand the rating at all and was disappointed.