2010 Zantho St Laurent mini review

Another one from the Toronto Food and Spirits festival. I’ve enjoyed exploring Austia’s most common white wine, Gruner Veltliner so when I was at the festival they had a St Laurent (also from Austria) so I gave it a try. St Laurent is related to Pinot Noir. Dark in color with a mild varietal Pinot noir nose. On the mid pallet the wine displays some earthy notes, and some rustic notes. The wine is on the lighter side of medium in length on the finish with some nice dryness. I would give it an 88-89.

From the LCBO web site:
ZANTHO ST. LAURENT 2010 VINTAGES 315556 | 750 mL bottle Price $ 15.95
Made in: Burgenland, Austria By: Josef Umathum & Wolfgang Peck
Release Date: May 11, 2013
Style: Light-bodied & Fruity 13.0% Alcohol/Vol.
Sugar Content: 4 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry

Tasting Note
From one of Austria’s most renowned producers, this is a great introduction to the highly aromatic Saint Laurent grape. Such lovely floral aromas, it’s like bottled spring, but hold on — that’s just the start, there’s a good whack of red fruit, cherry, and plum notes as well. Made in an easy-drinking and approachable style that pleases from beginning to end. Try it with a spiced pork dish. (VINTAGES panel, Aug. 2012)

From Noteworthy wines:
The St Laurent grape is a relative newcomer to the Ontario marketplace. St Laurent is similar to Pinot Noir: it ripens early, has lighter, red fruit notes and has less sugar. This grape is gaining in popularity because it is ‘warmer’ than Pinot Noir and is being tested in several Ontario vineyards. It’s delicious on its own, goes well with ‘comfort food’ or can be enjoyed with a wide selection of meat dishes or cheese.


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