Posts Tagged Gruner Veltliner

Uniquely Austrian: A Heurigen Hike

The Grinzing neighborhood of Vienna is the home of the heuriger — a unique version of a winery tasting room. By Bob Johnson I have a feeling I would have liked Austrian Emperor Joseph II. Among the numerous reforms he enacted, he ended... Read more

2004 F.X.Pichler Grüner Veltliner Smaragd Loibner Loibenberg, Wachau, Austria

Wildflower honey, Alpine breeze, lavender, rosemary, roast chicken and freshly churned butter on the nose, with an enjoyable, not cloying sweetness. Round and full in the mouth, with a supple intensity. Exceptional Gruner from an exceptional... Read more

2011 Darcie Kent Grüner Veltliner, Rava’s Blackjack Vineyard, Monterey County

Brilliant straw color. Moderate scents of lime, unripe pineapple, white pepper and wet stone show varietal character. Juicy, sweet-tart citrus dominates the palate and carries through to the finish. This would make a nice change-of-pace white to... Read more

2011 Zocker Grüner Veltliner, Paragon Vineyard, Edna Valley

Light straw color. A perfumed nose full of delicate honeyed apple, melon, lemon/lime and an intriguing note of wintergreen. There is a sweet fruit presence in the mouth (though the wine is bone dry), and a pleasant minerality. Definitely New World... Read more

2009 Laurenz V. ‘Charming’ Grüner Veltliner Reserve, Kamptal, Austria

Not many Grüner Veltliners can stand alone as an aperitif wine — but this one can. There’s a lot of peach and melon in the nose, leading to sweet and expansive fruit in the mouth, where it picks up some spice. There’s also a nutty impression... Read more

2010 Pfaffl ‘Haidviertel’ Grüner Veltliner, Weinviertel, Austria

There’s a fair amount of effervescence in this straw-colored wine, but drink up because those tiny bubbles dissipate quickly. This is old-school Grüner Veltliner, with a steely nose showing gunflint, pepper and citrus. In the mouth, rich and ripe... Read more

2010 Leth Grüner Veltliner, Qualitatswein, Steinagrund, Austria

Oil of orange dominates the nose of this medium straw-colored wine, joined by some slate, minerality and a hint of smoke. There’s plenty of tart fruit in the mouth, but the finish evaporates rather than cascades — a mild disappointment for an... Read more

2010 Türk Grüner Veltliner, Kremser Weinberge, Austria

Light straw in color, with some effervescence in the glass. There’s a sharp apple note in the nose, along with a hint of woodsiness. Bright and crisp in the mouth, the wine picks up some lemon and lime flavor. A good bet to evolve nicely over the... Read more

1999 Franz Hirtzberger Gruner Veltliner, Rotes Tor, Austria

Golden amber color. Great complexity. Smoke. Flint. Baked apple. Lemon oil. White pepper. Unctuous on the palate, but with a lively acidity. MSRP: $32.99 (April 2003) Wine Lines rating:... Read more

1999 Franz Hirtzberger Gruner Veltliner, Rotes Tor, Austria

Golden amber color. Great complexity. Smoke. Flint. Baked apple. Lemon oil. White pepper. Unctuous on the palate, but with a lively acidity. MSRP: $32.99 (2001) Wine Lines rating:... Read more