2011 GRÜNER by Etz Kamptal Grüner Veltliner (1L)

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The Etz family has been in the wine business since 1898, and the estate is now in the 4th generation. With nearly 40 hectares of vineyard in production, the Etz estate prides itself on synthesizing the modern and the traditional. Their goal is to offer wines that show themselves from vineyard to bottle entirely in harmony with nature and the environment, from parcels planted around the famous wine-town Strass. Gaisberg, Galgenberg (that's the gallows-hill, folks), and Wechselberg are among the famous vineyard names to be found in the Etz collection. The Etz brothers place their emphasis on a peppery and spicy style of Grüner Veltliner - exclusively fermented in super-stainless steel tanks. Temperature controlled fermentations are conducted with indigenous as well as cultured yeast, depending on the demands of the individual lot. Time resting on the fine-lees adds complexity and polish to the wine. This is fresh, minerally and crisp, with that classic Gruner white pepper lift to the nose and tangy green apple and snap pea flavors on the palate. In an easy to open, liter-sized bottle, it's a refreshing go-to for a variety of green salads or veggie dishes, and is particularly complementary to dishes featuring asparagus, brussels sprouts, or artichoke.

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Staff Image By: Mike Barber | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/20/2013 | Send Email
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Crisp, lean, bright and delightful- this is consistently one of our better white wine deals and a top Gruner Veltliner seller.
Top Value! Drink from 2013 to 2014

Staff Image By: Kyle Kurani | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/31/2012 | Send Email
This wine is always one of my favorite Summertime sippers. Zippy and fresh, with spice and snap to it. This wine is good by the pool, or with light Summer fare. And you get a litre so it is fantastic for sharing with friends.

Staff Image By: Adam Parry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/11/2012 | Send Email
You cannot say your fridge is full without a bottle of ETZ in there chilling.Clean fresh excellent acidity makes this wine just a perfect summer sipper.

Staff Image By: Jim Boyce | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/30/2012 | Send Email
New vintage, same great value! White pepper, bright mineral, and a crisp finish. Great summer session bottle (1L)! As mentioned, this will solve any green salad or vegetable pairing problems that will arise this season.

Staff Image By: Illya Haase | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/27/2012 | Send Email
Same great gruner. 2011 is out folk's and Etz does not disappoint! I love the mineral notes on this vintage. Still crisp with notes of white pepper. Ready to stand up to all those vegetables that we have such a hard time pairing.

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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