2008 "Gruner" by Ebner Ebenauer, Gruner Veltliner (1L)

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The Ebenauer winery has been in the town of Poysdorf for generations, but when Marion Ebner married in, the name reflected the change. Both she and her husband make the wines under the Ebner-Ebenauer label, while Marion continues to do her Melusine project on the side. The liter Gruner is a snappy little firecracker of a wine, brisk and bracing, classic Pfefferl white-pepper snap, solid fruit impression and a very satisfying length - very fine for its class. Fresh as a slap across the face, bright as the morning sun and clean as a glacial lake. This light-bodied Gruner Veltliner from the Austrian winery Ebner-Ebenauer makes music with its layers of fruit notes and tickles you with perky acidity. The Gruner is your answer to the heat of a long summer day as well as to the artichoke's refusal to pair with anything. The Gruner is a wine that is on your side while everyone else is not."

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Staff Image By: Jeremy Bohrer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/1/2009 | Send Email
K&L's lovely Anne Picket once told me that when Gruner Veltliner first gained popularity the saying was "you can't swing a dead sommelier without hitting a gruner." You know what...now I know what all the hubbub was about. I love Gruner Veltliner and I especially like this one. Crisp, clean, bright and it's the only wine that goes with my beloved artichokes.

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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 12.5