Welschriesling, 2018. Barn Swallow Cellars

Welschriesling, 2018. Barn Swallow Cellars

Item #: C0919W1IT
Vintage: 2018
Varietal: Welschriesling
Vineyard/Appellation: Burgenland, Austria
Color: Very Pale
Nose: Apricot, Melon
Palate: Supple Green Apple
Finish: Melon, Lime Zest
Rating: 96
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2021/Seafood, Vegetarian/13.5% Alcohol by Volume

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Our selection took a circuitous route to get here and we're glad it did. The grapes were grown in Austria's prime Burgenland wine region. Welschriesling is a clone of the true Riesling varietal (it translates to "white Riesling") and shares many of the exotic properties of its famous counterpart.

The wine was produced by a giant multi-national corporation, W. Baumgartner, with offices in 70 countries and influence in multiple industries. But when it was founded in 1775, its principle trade was making wine. Even with more than 11 generations on the books, wine is still part of Baumgartner's portfolio. And they've done an excellent job, here.

Once produced, the finished wine was sent in bulk from Austria to Sonoma, where it was bottled. This procedure actually saves money, as the taxes paid for bulk wine are considerably less than for the same amount of bottled wine. In other words, the seller and consumer both win.

Wines from Austria have flown under the radar for decades, yet when most people try them, they are astounded at the quality. Austrian wines do tend to be more expensive than comparable wines from elsewhere. This is due to the fact that the crop yields are fairly low, but also because very little is exported. Austrians consume more of their own wine, percentage-wise, than any other country. We're just glad they're willing to share once in a while.

This relatively light, fruity offering is just what summer calls for. The refreshing apricot and melon is balanced by the lovely citrus edge and minerality. Prost!