woman on wine with amy reiley
I’ve written before about my love for Gruner Veltliner, the medium-bodied white wine most commonly found in Austria, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. In my mind—and I am not alone—Austrian Gruner Veltliners are among the best wines in the world. Most people I talk with about the grape seem to think all Gruners are fairly similar. But I beg to differ and I’ve put together a list of wine recommendations that illustrates many facets of the grape. Here’s just a few of the Gruners that make this grape the wine to try right now:
2012 Nigl Gruner Veltliner Freiheit
This wine is a bit more plump than your typical Gruner with bold lime zest acidity, juicy peaches and apricots and minerality to finish.
2012 Nigl Gruner Veltliner Rehberger Zwetl
This is a lady-like Gruner Veltliner if there ever was one. Pretty and delicate with a sense of reserve, its aromas are floral—almost like a Riesling. In the mouth it offers Gruner minerality and a lovely viscosity on the tongue.
2012 Schloss Gobelsburg Gruner Veltiner Steinsetz
This wine is definitely an original. Flower petals and citrus dominate on the nose and palate but underlying baking spice, mint and tarragon notes give it real interest.
2011 Hirsch Gruner Veltliner Lamm
Big in body and bold in flavor, this is a wildly meaty, almost saline wine. The big, savory flavors are balanced by a hint of stone fruit and a lovely green freshness.
2007 BrundlmayerGruner Veltliner Alte Ruben
That’s right, 2007. This wine is complex yet mellow with age. There’s a surprising creaminess and subtle minerality. The wine leaves a lasting impression of having just tasted something incredibly sophisticated.
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