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1998 Ernst Triebaumer Blaufrankisch Gmark
Producer: Ernst Triebaumer
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: other red varietal
97 Blaufränkisch Oberer Wald Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2000
Like the above, vinified in old ovals. The clay subsoil in Gmärk is critical for the potential depth and richness of blaufränkisch flavors. This explodes with blackberry and black raspberry. Nice inner-mouth perfume. Creamy and elegant. Long, strong finish of black fruit and bitter nuts. "With ten more days on the vine," says Triebaumer, "this could have been a truly great wine." ($55): From 50-year-old vines in a higher, breezier site, but with southern exposure. Done in older barriques Blackberries and beets. Bitter fruit concentration. Still quite firm in the mouth. Humus and mineral notes in the finish. The '93 rendition is creamy in texture and salty, leathery, cedary and Medoc-like in flavor.