2006 Kalmuck Grüner Veltliner

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Endlessly quaffable, the Kalmuck Grüner Veltliner from Austria's Wachau region shows wildflower aromas, lively and animating balance of fruit and acidity and Grüner's characteristic white pepper note. From the grand 2006 vintage this is rich and vibrant; the best Kalmuck yet. This is a project of young Wachau wine grower Franz-Josef Gritsch in Spitz and is a blend of fruit from the steep terraced vineyards on primary rock near Spitz in the western end of the valley and the deeper, richer soils of Loiben at the eastern end of the valley. The two sites combine to produce a wine that is at once focused and mineral yet has added roundness, body and aromatic lift from the Loiben site.

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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.


- Austria is a well-respected wine-growing region in Europe. Yet, even though they make about a third the volume of wine as Germany, not many of these fine bottles make it to the shelves of American wine merchants or restaurants. Lucky for us, their anonymity has translated into incredible value from simple, everyday whites to exquisite dessert wines. Austria shares many grape varieties with Germany—Riesling is king here, too. But the style of Austrian whites is much dryer and more potent. Grüner Veltliner is Austria's second-most-important varietal and makes whites of great versatility and pleasure. Click for a list of bestselling items from Austria.