Shalestone Zweigelt 2015: $20 Very Good to Very Good+

Zweigelt is an Austrian grape variety, a cross of Blaufränkisch and St. Laurent.  It is the most widely grown red grape in Austria, but rare in the Finger Lakes.  Shalestone, Fulkerson and Stoney Lonesome are the only producers, as far as I know.

The Shalestone Vineyards Zweigelt (Finger Lakes, NY) 2015 $20 [Very Good to Very Good+] is a very well made wine, quite easy to drink, with clear focused flavors and a bit of complexity.  It is also an extremely flexible wine, which can be sipped with pleasure or served with a wide variety of foods.

Medium violet-tinged ruby in color, the Shalestone has clean focused aromas of red and black berries, sour cherry, caramelized nuts, ferrous mineral and earth.  Medium bodied, with average plus acidity and light tannin, balance is very good.  Fresh and precise flavors of red and black berries and sour cherry are lightly accented by ferrous mineral, nut oils and earth.  The finish is of a piece, harmonious, with very good length. Flavors linger.


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