2003 Salomon Undhof Grüner Veltliner Von Stein "Reserve"

SKU #1012179

According to importer Terry Theise: "Nearly entirely from the great Steiner Hund, this is the GrüVe of this offering and the only 2003 Grüner Veltliner I tasted that could honestly be called great. A fabulous aroma: pure, naked, rugged Urgestein, deeply smoky, like a pepper-cured bacon. Cajun GrüVe! Birchy, a glory of secret-sweetness and a quality of ancient fiery stone, primordial. This is important wine, this seething groan of old stones. Don't even think of missing it. ++ " According to the Wine Spectator: "Tropical and green peach flavors dominate. Medium- to full-bodied, with notes of lemon meringue and spice on the finish. Drink now. 200 cases made." (05/05)

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Gruner Veltliner

- Grüner Veltliner is the most widely planted grape variety in Austria, making up about a third of all the vineyard land in the country, according to importer extraordinaire Terry Thiese. The varietal has definitely increased in popularity of the past few years, as sommeliers and wine directors loaded their lists with this spicy white because it pairs well with so many things. Its bouquet has been described as floral, tending to toward musky, with hints of peppery greens, lentils, citrus and red fruit with a distinctive mineral quality. In the mouth the wine can be broad or precise, but is almost always distinguished by bracing acidity and flavors that mirror the nose. A notoriously good ager, you can drink GrüVes in their youth, or let them evolve in complexity in your cellar.


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