We all want to open wines that please us and those we share them with. It does our soul good and it spreads the love around. Of course when we are the recipient, we just want to do the same. That’s how the world of wine works!
We particularly enjoyed a 2009 Pittnauer St Laurent ‘Alte Reben’ about a month ago. Being an old vine expression, it was pretty serious, but balanced accessibility with structure and sophistication. It was clean but still funky. You can expect such things from this specialist biodynamic St Laurent producer who operates on the eastern shores of the Neusiedlersee in Austria. And it went down well with our guests.
So this time, at home, just SWMBO and I, we followed up with the more approachable 2012 Pittnauer ‘Dorflagen’ St Laurent, a village wine, given less than a year in barrel. As could be expected, this was a fruit-focussed wine, with sweet and succulent savoury dark red berry fruits, with the game, herb and savoury spice that the variety gives. Modest extraction, suppleness and juicy freshness ruled the day. We know it would have pleased the crowd if they had been on hand.