Laurenz V. Gruner Veltliner Double Header

Laurenz V. Gruner Veltliner Double HeaderOne of the highlights of my trip to Austria this past fall was the grüner veltliner (pronounced GROO-nah velt-LEE-nah, with your best Germanic accent).  We traveled up the Danube river one day and tasted grüner veltliner from the Wachau and Wagram regions, which are gorgeous areas with terraced vineyards along the shores of the Danube.  There wasn’t a single wine on that trip that I would turn down, they were all quite nice — of course, some were more enjoyable than others.  But one thing that disappoints me is that many of those wines don’t have distribution in the US.  So, rather than write about a bunch of wines you can’t find here, I’m glad to be reviewing a link you can.
Both of these wines are produced by Laurenz V. and the grapes come primarily from the Kamptal and Kremstal regions, which lie between Wachau and Wagram.  The wines from these regions are influence by both the warm air from the Danube and cooler airs from the north, making full ripeness from the warmth and crisp acidity from the cooler airs.  The wines of this province are also strongly influenced by the minerals in the soils, which add subtle nuances to the characteristics of the wine. Read more

Getting Down with Gruner Veltliner

Getting Down with Gruner VeltlinerI’ve been meaning to write up this review for several weeks as I in fact tasted these wines two months ago, but additional things kept appearance up.  Shame on me.  But getting this posted late is better than not at all.
These are all grüner veltliner from Austria, a wine I bought an appreciation for when I visited Austria in 2010.  For those who haven’t had grüner (as it’s called for small), it’s food-friendly colorless wine known for it’s high acidity and mineral characteristics.  The aroma of pepper is also a common “tell” for a grüner.
It’s in fact a really excellent salad wine.  Grüner has a reputation for going well with vegetables, including the ever-problematic-pairing-vegetable asparagus.  I like asparagus, so it’s excellent to know that I can always trust a grüner to go well with it.  I’m also an advocate of multiple wine pairings with a meal.  For example, have a grüner veltliner with your salad and a red Cotes du Rhone with your entree.  I know it can get expensive to open a link bottles, but give it a try for a special occasion when you have friends over.
All of these wines are at the high end of our predictable $20 fee limit — and a link are over that limit.  But they’re all excellent.  There’s not one in this batch that I’d turn down. Read more

Punkt Sparkling Grüner Veltliner

Punkt Sparkling Grüner VeltlinerSparkling wine is often a well loved choice to celebrate Valentine’s Day, but let’s face it, Champagne can be quite pricy and not a excellent pick for the frugal.  Don’t let that stop you from enjoying a excellent sparkling wine though, as there are plenty of enjoyable sparklers additional than Champagne.  You can check out many Champagne-style wines from California, or look for something unique like this one.
Punkt, from producer Weingut Ewald Gruber, is a sparkling Grüner Veltliner, which is something you probably don’t come across each day.  In fact, you might not even be familiar with Grüner Veltliner, much less a sparkling one.  Grüner Veltliner is the most widely planted grape variety in Austria.  It produces a dry, minerally, full-bodied, food-friendly wine that is usually best consumed young.  Sometimes it can have a peppery quality to it.  It’s usually produced as a subdue wine, but sometimes it’s produced as a sparkler.One of the things I like about this wine is its uniqueness. It makes a excellent conversation starter as most people I know have never had a Punkt Sparkling Gruner Veltliner.  You won’t get the ceremonial popping of the cork that you’re used to from additional sparkling wine as this one has a screw cap.  But don’t let that stop you from giving it a try.  One nice thing about the screw cap is that it’s simple to recap the bottle if you’re not consuming it all in one evening.
Everything about this wine is soft—the nose, the palate and the foam.  You’ll find that it’s not quite as bubbly as Champagne-style wines you’ve had in the past.  But, it’s set alight and refreshing.   On the nose it has a combination of floral, mineral, apple and faint citrus aromas.  It’s set alight and mildly bubbly on the palate with a excellent amount of apple and pear flavor.  The end brings a hint of citrus acidity, but it’s subdue honestly soft. It’s an fascinating wine and something worth tiresome.
Not only is this an enjoyable and unique wine, but it’s a fantastic fee on a sparkling wine in general.
Wine: Punkt
Variety: Sparkling Grüner Veltliner
Vintage: N/V
Alcohol: 11%
Rating: 87
Fee: $15.99

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