Erich Sattler is emblematic of the new generation of Austrian vintners, a wine-school grad, 4th generation in the family, taking over as recently as 1999. My colleagues discovered him at the ProWein fair in February 2004. “We make wine as my grandfather did,” he says, “only with better machines.” He’s looking for red wines with “ripe, soft tannin” — and the following offerings are great examples!  ~ Terry Theise

Sattler Zweigelt Label

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Sattler 2006 Zweigelt

Sattler 2014 St. Laurent

For the first time this saw some wood, about 25% old large casks; I tasted a still-unfiltered cask sample, but juicy and dark chocolatey, a bit richer than usual (as there’s nothing above it in ’14) and a fine example of SL at its most earnest.  ~Terry Theise