Over the past month, I’ve had a number of delicious red, white, and sparkling wines, but this beautiful amber colored bottle of Höpler 2009 Pinot Noir Eiswein (SRP $69 / 375ml) gets my vote. Following a wine tasting and dinner with friends, this Austrian sweet-treat was the star of the show. In the glass, this wine offers enticing aromas and flavors of dried apricot, figs, tangerine peel, candied brown sugar, and honeycomb. The palate is unctuously textured with good depth of fruit, flavor intensity, and length. Fine supporting acidity provides plenty of balance to the richness and lifts the finish. Save the cake or pie for another day -- this lip-smacking, mouth-filling sipper is a dessert within and of itself that I believe you will enjoy! Region: Burgenland, Austria. (Other info: ABV 11.5%, vinified in stainless steel tanks, cork enclosure.)
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