2009 Weingut Allram Gaisberg Grüner Veltliner Kamptal Reserve (Previously $22)

SKU #1057998

This is a Direct Import for us at K&L, and it's an estate producing great wines from some of the top sites in the Kamptal. Michaela Haas is the 4th generation of this family to run the 15 ha domaine. Fermented and aged in stainless steel, this Gruner is flawless and lovely, with a fresh, green juicy spice note (white pepper) and a very clear, transparent really, vibrancy. Fine structures and a delicate fruit-acid balance make this a go-to food wine for pretty much any occasion, not to mention a tremendous value.

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Staff Image By: Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/10/2010 | Send Email
When I owned my vineyard in the Anderson Valley, one of the grape varietals I considered planting was Grüner Veltliner, the national white wine of Austria (sort of). I find the wines from this grape rather unique and much more multi-dimensional than Chardonnay. The 2009 Weingut Allram Gaisberg Grüner Veltliner Kamptal Reserve* is a classic example of Grüner at its very best. Offering distinctive tones of wet stone to chalky minerality with a clove to white pepper spiciness on the nose and in the mouth, this flashy, effervescent, brilliantly-made wine is one Gem that shouldn’t be missed. This is a food wine, with a particular affinity for Asian dishes, and will be one of our house whites for the month according to the Beaner. 13.5% ABV.
Drink from 2010 to 2015

Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/30/2010 | Send Email
Richer than I expected. There is a lot of intensity for a wine at this level. Citrus, melon and a touch of tropical quality add to the spiciness of the wine. Really nice finish here and should develop even more complexity over the next couple of years.

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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.