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Weingut Schneider St. Laurent


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Weingut Schneider St. Laurent: a Review

Wine is as good as life to a man, if it be drunk moderately: what life is then to a man that is without wine? for it was made to make men glad.
    —Ecclesiasticus, ch. 38, v. 1

(Our sample bottle was purchased by us at standard retail.)


About Weingut Schneider St. Laurent

Our bottle of Schneider St. Laurent (this was not the Reserve bottling) was bought at a closeout markdown from normal; normal prices run from $18 to $20, averaging $19). But this bottling is fairly scarce: as we write, we see four merchants listed on Wine Searcher Pro.

One has to have a care when discussing wines from "Schneider", as there are several wineries with "Schneider" in the name, each apparently producing some St. Laurent; the wine we are discussing here is from Weingut Schneider of Tattendorf, Thermenregion, Austria, and is made by Georg Schneider. The other Schneiders—Markus, Holger, Rossler, Heinz, et alia— are not the ones.

Note that this wine is labelled as "Sankt Laurent", though many retailers (and even Wine Searcher) just list it as "St. Laurent" (Sankt is German for "Saint"). The varietal produces wines generally held to be very similar to Pinot Noir, which DNA analysis suggests is a parent of St. Laurent.


Weingut Schneider St. Laurent: Tasting Impressions

As with not a few other wine reviewers and critics, we find St. Laurent wines to be what John Schreiner described it as: "a Pinot Noir wearing hiking boots". That is by no means disparaging, arguably rather the opposite.

This Weingut Schneider Sankt Laurent was very definitely Pinot-like, but with substantial body, almost chewy or meaty. It had generous dense, dark red fruit and a quality of richness, with some modest complexity as well. It is not a wine that will change your life, but it is a good, solid, pleasing evening's drink, whether on its own or with food (best, we'd think, with something rather hearty and possibly rustic). Recommended.


Weingut Schneider St. Laurent: Other Opinions

CellarTracker users seem to have used a variety of names for this wine, leading to three different sets of review pages. Those are:

On Wine Searcher's Tasting Notes page.

If any major wine-review sites have noticed this wine, we have been unable to discover them. Considering that Georg Albrecht Schneider is a pretty well-known and respected winemaker (who concentrates on Pinot Noir and Sankt Laurent), that is strange, but so it seems to be.


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