MORIC Reserve 2016
Blaufrankisch is the variety that has lifted Roland Velich and the Moric estate into the stratosphere of wine producers. The Reserve bottling is the estate's flagship wine, only topped by very limited old vine bottlings known as Alte Reben. Comparatively, the Moric Reserve is a cuvee of some old and middle-aged vines from the Lutzmannsburg plateau, every bit as fine and age-worthy as the old-vine bottlings, and showing extra freshness and liveliness that some of the not-quite-as-ancient vines at to the mix.
A fine and velvety tannin structure is balanced by good acidity and minerality. Sour cherry and blackberry mingle with herbaceous notes, forest floor, and subtle salinity, truly satisfying and inviting Blaufrankisch, with a good and prolonged finish. Just delicious wine and likely one of the most balanced vintages of late.
James Suckling: 93/100
Not only is there superb purity to the dark cherries and plums, but the dried rosemary, oregano and five spice add a layer of complexity. Polished but brambly and earthy, tracing elegant, black-raspberry flavors and a sleek, graceful shape. Drink now. 93/100