2012 Pichler-Krutzler Frauengärten Grüner Veltliner Wachau

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The Frauengärten vineyard in Austria's Wachau is prized for its sandy Danube soils strewn with rocks washed down from the terraces. It's planted entirely to Grüner, and it's little wonder why, the grape does so well here. The wine is made by Elisabeth Pichler, daughter of the famed F.X. Pichler, and her husband Erich Krutzler, who together bring generations of wine knowledge to this tasty bottle. Drink it with something spicy.

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Staff Image By: Leah Greenstein | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/18/2013 | Send Email
This was one of my favorite Gruners of our Austrian staff tasting today. It's a bit weightier than your average Gruner, due partly to the Smaragd style and partly to the riper 2012 vintage. Nonetheless, the wine had great acidity to support the honeyed citrus palate. Finishes with a touch of grapefruit pith.

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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.