2010 Bründlmayer "Kamptaler Terrassen" Grüner Veltliner

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According to Parker's Wine Advocate: "While the lightest Gruner Veltliner bottlings of this vintage at Brundlmayer were spare and overlain with green apple flavors, the 12% alcohol 2010 Gruner Veltliner Kamptaler Terrassen revealed a classic varietal nose of fresh green bean and lime, mingled with gooseberry more reminiscent of Sauvignon, all informing a juicy, brisk, firm palate and finishing with ample refreshment and invigoration as well as a bitter note of fruit pip. Enjoy it over the next 18-24 months. (There is no Loiser Berg Gruner Veltliner this year - only a small reserve bottling from that site - as the fruit was diverted to this Kamptaler Terrassen.)" (10/11)

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Gruner Veltliner

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