2011 Gritsch "Kalmuck" Grüner Veltliner Wachau (Previously $25)

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This is a wine that emphasizes the notes that characterize fine Gruner Veltliner: white pepper, grapefruit, pear, pea shoots, lentil and the minerality of the terroir. It's a wine that is fresh, racy, and pairs well with food. Most importantly, though, as those are the qualities of most traditionally styled Gruner Veltliners, this wine is also built to be animated and easy drinking enough so that you will want to fill your glass again and again.

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Staff Image By: Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/22/2013 | Send Email
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Bright, distinctive aromas of that classic white pepper to lime zest to pear-like fruit aromas with slate-like undertones abound in the nose of this lovely Gem. There is a sweet core of lush fruit in the viscous, yet dry mouth presentation that shows a wonderful set of flavors that lead to a broad, mouth-watering, crisp finish. This delicious Gem will be, according to The Bean, one of our house Gruners for the month. 12.0% ABV
Drink from 2013 to 2018

Staff Image By: Mahon McGrath | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/21/2013 | Send Email
Cool fruit aromas of kiwi-gooseberry and melon are married to lemon verbena, wax, and cracked pepper in the 2011 Kalmuck. More fleshy than acid in profile, the clean, pure wine still shows plenty of citric lift, picking up some mineral detailing, before closing with a fairly substantial, dry herb tinged finish.

Staff Image By: Eric Story | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/21/2013 | Send Email
This has always been my go to wine to introduce people to the world of Wachau Gruner: a good mix of minerality, acid and fruit structure. An “entry level Gruner that puts many others to shame.

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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.