NV Franz Strohmeier Schilcher Frizzante, Austria

Not your everyday sparkling wine – and that’s not a bad thing, either. Franz Strohmeier is clearly an artisan producer; just check out some of his bottlings, all of which are driven by the terroir of Western Austria.

Off-beige pour (What the heck is “off-beige,” you ask? Somewhere between pale orange, khaki and pinkish cream) and quickly dissipating bubbles with a nose of cotton, fresh pound cake and a touch of yeastiness. In the mouth, ample acidity and vegetables instead of fruit: roasted eggplant and citrus-kissed celeriac. Surprising, delightful and bound to impress even the snobbiest of biodynamic-natural wine hipsters.

MSRP: 19.99 (May 2012)
Wine Lines Rating: 90

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