Grape Variety: Gruner Veltliner.
Geographic Appellation, Region, Country: Traisental, Austria.
Price: $13.50 1L bottle (with a 10% mixed case discount)
Purchased From: The Caviste Wine Shop; Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Paired With: First tasting: Chicken satay (with ginger, lime juice, garlic, soy sauce and Asian chili sauce) over Thai rice noodles with coconut based peanut sauce and zucchini fritters.
Second tasting: Wholewheat pasta and chicken with Pesto alla trapanese, Parmesan cheese and a garden salad.
Chilled before drinking. Clear, light wheat straw color with a green tint. Aromas of distant honeysuckle blossoms, lemon, green apple and hints of Italian parsley. A mouth-feel that was smooth as silk, fresh, tart, light body and 200-grit texture. Strong lemon, Granny Smith apple and limey mineral flavors; abundant crisp acidity and a long tart (maybe a touch bitter) finish. WOW, WOW, WOW, this Gruner Veltliner was so crisp and fresh, it was ABSOLUTELY a PERFECT pairing with the Asian dinner. We’re jumping up and down!!! It’s a combination of traditional floral and “off-dry” fruit, yet it is rich in flavors and develops a tartness while swishing through the mouth. We’ve had lots of good locally produced Gruner Veltliner when in Austria, but this went to a new level. This is near the top of our Quality wine at a Bargain price category and a textbook four thumbs up wine…it may be one of the best value wines we have had in a long time. I selected this wine tonight because What To Drink With What You Eat suggested a Gewurztraminer and this was the closest wine we had in the cooler. OK now for the punchline…it was such a SPECTACULAR bargain Gruner Veltliner we immediately bought all the Caviste Wine Shop had in stock and have ordered another case!!! It’s likely to become our “food friendly” house white.
Alcohol Content: 12%
Closure: Screw cap.
UPC Code: 9 120007 991741.
Imported by: Carlo Huber Selections; Salisbury, Connecticut.