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A Cool Wine from Slavonia


The weather in Washington, DC turned just moderately warm after last week’s torrential rain.  With the windows open our house was neither cool nor warm.  To match the weather I opted to open what I hoped was a lighter wine.  It turned out that I did.  The 2011 Dveri-Pax, Benedict Red Cuvee smells like a wine from Austria which may not be surprising given that it is a blend of Blaufrankisch and Zweigelt.  It clearly demonstrated the capabilities of the Dveri-Pax Winery which has already been highlighted by Decanter Magazine.  I recommend you blindly serve a few glasses of this to your friends!  It smells and drinks great right now.  This wine was purchased at MacArthur Beverages.

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2011 Dveri-Pax, Benedict Red Cuvee – $18
Imported by Winebow.  This wine is a blend of 70% Blaufrankisch, 20% Pinot Noir, and 10% Zweigelt that was aged for 18 months in half large Slavonian oak barrels and half French oak barrels.  Alcohol 13.5%.  There was a good fragrant nose.  In the mouth there was a gentle start with the mouth following the nose.  There were some tart blue flavors on the tongue, ripe texture, and though lighter in flavor the wine still coated the tongue.  It was a solid wine that finished with a good mixture of graphite, blue, and black fruit.  ** Now-2015.

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