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Wine & Spirits: "Ripe and sweet with honeysuckle notes on the tropical fruit, this is a summertime patio pounder. (Good Value)" (4/2015) K&L Notes: The Etz family has been in the wine business since 1898, and the estate is now in the fourth 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 (tha... Read More »
From some of the top sites in the Kamptal. Michaela Haas is the 4th generation of this family to run the 23-hectare domaine. Fermented and aged in stainless steel and bottled with a crown cap, this is the perfect liter - fresh, light and snappy; delivering all the thirst quenching qualities you look for in a wine like this.
From one of the top sites in the Kamptal, Michaela Haas is the 4th generation of this family to run the 23 ha domaine. Previous vintages recommended by Wine Enthusiast Buying Guide.
The Schloss Gobelsburg monastery was making wine back in the 12th century. These days the wines aren't made by monks, but rather by Michael "Michi" Mososbrugger, a wine-lover turned winemaker. The grapes come from loess soils, a crumbly sedimentary rock that's perfect for Grüner. The juice is fermented and aged in stainless, highlighting the Gobelsburg terroir.
From importer Terry Theise: "Nigl Kremser Freiheit is named for the village of Krems, on the banks of the Danube river, and the German word for Freedom - 'Freiheit' . This wine was sourced from 3 vineyards in Krems and is picked earlier than the grapes in Senftenberg, where Martin Nigl’s other vineyards and winery are located. Raised in stainless steel and bottled at night when the wine is cold, to preserve freshness, Freiheit shows pear and lime peel notes as well as floral and grassy components, with a clean mineral finish."
Wine Enthusiast: "Peppery notes of arugula and fresh lemon acidity add interest to this easy-drinking white." (8/2014) K&L Notes: Jancis Robinson has called Hochterrassen "Probably the best value of the 'everyday' Grüners." According to the producer, "The grapes of this spritzy Grüner Veltliner come from high-altitude terraces in Stein and Krems. Grown on loess-conglomerate soils this dry wine has a lovely bouquet of fine citrus and fresh herbs." Stelvin cap.
Stylish and graceful with rich apple and spiced pear. This is an absolute pure delight to drink. It holds a fresh edge while maintaining all of the classic Grüner qualities. (Eric Story, Austrian Buyer)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "A faintly reductive machine-oil-like smoky-sweetness rises from the glass of Neumayer 2011 Gruner Veltliner Engelberg, which then however displays snap and juicy brightness of lettuces, artichoke and lime on a firm palate, leading to a lingering and invigorating finish. Plan to enjoy it through 2015." (4/2014) K&L Notes: Crystalline and vibrant in color with a yellow green tinge. An exciting and bright aromatic of fresh apples mixed with subtle baking spice and soft green herbs which give way to a palate of wet mineral and juicy white fruits which then give way to an... Read More »
Meeresboden, meaning ocean soil, is a blend of John Sebastiano and Kick-on Ranch vineyards in Santa Barbara County all grown on ancient ocean deposit soils.
92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Green, exquisitely ripe Conference pear with softer, leesy notes create a ripe yet fresh creaminess. There are fringes of spice but fresh fruit and lemony brightness are in the foreground here. Very refreshing and invigorating." (3/2015) K&L Notes: Liter bottles of Grüner are a must-have for any regular wine drinker, they're so food-friendly, affordable and fun, and the one from Allram never disappoints. But sometimes we long for something a bit more sophisticated, but don't want to have to sacrifice freshness or value. The Gaisberg Reserve walks that fine line perfe... Read More »
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "From a Gobelsburg plateau clutered with pebbles big as a fist, the 2013 Grüner Veltliner Steinsetz is a clear and aromatic classic of the variety with tobacco leafs, peas, apples, white pepper powder and floral aromas on the nose followed by a full-bodied and piquant palate with juicy cox orange aromas and a marked acidity. Quite salty in the aftertaste this is a quite powerful wine to be served from the decanter in its first year. (SR)" (10/2014)
Vibrant melon and citrus bounce out of the glass along with spun tangerine honey and white pepper. Very well balanced with a medium-bodied structure which is a little tight upon opening but expands with air. Decant if drinking in the near term or cellar for 5+ years. Before taking over the family winery, Josef Högl worked the vines of legendary vintners Franz Xavier (F.X.) Pichler and Franz Prager, and there are those who say that his wines already rival those of his employers. Lucky for you, since his name has not attained such superstar status (yet), t... Read More »
Ilse and Josef Maier organically farm about 20 hectares of Grüner Veltliner and Riesling in Austria's Kremstal region. Planted to the deep loess soils of the Rosensteig Vineyard on the slopes of the Danube, this wine is a mouthwatering, complex version of what Grüner Veltliner can achieve in the right hands and terroir. Floral, with stone fruit fleshiness and a refreshing mint component, the 2013 Geyerhof Rosensteig is equally at home with spicy Asian fare, smoked fish or a fancy sausage with plenty of sauerkraut and spicy mustard.
From the winery: "A very attractive fruit bouquet yields apple, peach and citrus aromas along with beautiful minerality, a typical Veltliner spiciness and a touch of white pepper along with. The soft and juicy palate is supported by fine acidity. So harmonious and perfect to drink. A very palatefriendly wine.
From the winery: "Light straw-yellow; there is a bunch of spices on the nose, with underlying yellow fruit aromas, delicate white pepper; the appley flavors are wrapped in a spicy veil. This succulent and mouthfilling offering glides really easily across the palate, with a nice echo. Good value for money. A perfect match with seafood and summer salads. No maceration, gentle pressing; the must was preclarified by settling for 20 hours, followed by fermentation with cultured yeast and storage in steel tanks."
Inventory: San Francisco
This single-vineyard Grüner typically displays the racy charm, glycerol richness, and the range of herbal and fruit notes that top-notch Grüner can achieve in the cool Wachau valley.
Jancis Robinson: "RS 2.8 g/l. Creamy and tense with real grip and structure underneath all those minerals and fruit. 17.5/20 points. Drink 2016-2025" (6/2014)
Wine & Spirits: "Despite the sweetness of the fruit—peach turning toward pineapple and mango—this remains focused, shaped by the cool verve of its acidity." (4/2014)
90 points Wine Enthusiast: "Sweet pear fruit is highlighted by glints of crisp apple. Together they focus onto a concentrated midpalate where acidity lends a clean-cut finish." (5/2014) Wine & Spirits: "From a dry, steep slope of granite and gneiss, this is round, rich and honeyed, so ripe the fruit pulls in a red direction, pineapple moving toward mango and cherry. Grüner’s white pepper spice puts a brake on the sweetness, although some drinkers may still find this thick. Give it time and a rich dish, like veal saltimbocca." (4/2014)
92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Lemon peel and yeast are in the starring roles for now, showing miso-like savor with smoky edges and glimpses of white pepper. The fruit will come later. For now, this is pure, textural pleasure, with a very clean-cut finish." (5/2014)
"Alte Reben" means "old vines"; fruit for this production comes from Brundlemayer's oldest vineyards with vines averaging 50 years old. These older vines give naturally low yeilds of intensely concentrated fruit for wines with added weight and richness. Fermented in used (2-3 years old) Austrian oak casks, followed by racking to large used barrels, the 2012 exhibits perfectly ripe white peach, lime, green apple and pear aromas and flavors, with floral, pepper, and snap pea highlights. Framed by clean, vibrant acid, the palate is creamy and round, with e... Read More »
Wine Enthusiast: "Green pear aromas are joined by a playful, floral note and lifted lightness; on the slender palate there is peppery arugula, too. A super-refreshing summer white." (8/2014) K&L Notes: The 2013 Huber "Terrassen" Gruner Veltliner springs from the glass with hints of fresh melon, white flowers, notes of nutmeg and pear. The palate is alive with bright and crisp fruit flavors of honey dew melon, fresh cut pear, hints of graham cracker and freshly crushed stone. The acidity gives the framework for the wine which has great mouthfeel and presence on the palate with a lively... Read More »
Inventory: Redwood City
92 points Wine Spectator: "Rich and seductive, with luscious apple, melon, pear tart and cinnamon flavors. Shows plenty of richness, with a silkiness and creaminess that extends on the finish. Drink now through 2018. 350 cases made. –KM" (4/2014)90 points Wine Enthusiast: "Rounded and rich, with a pepper and spiced apple character, this is a warm, full-bodied wine. It has a fine texture, but dense structure. From vines just above the castle in Stein, it is still a young wine, so don’t drink before 2015." (2/2014) Jancis Robinson: "Very intense and peppery/herby. Reverberant. Slightly chewy. Attention grabbing. Long." (10/2012)
Wine Enthusiast: "Fragrant and perfumed, this wine has both nutmeg and ginger flavors, as well as tight citrus acidity. It’s a wine that is so refreshing, drinkable and bright with acidity, but remarkably fruity in aftertaste." (2/2014)
Inventory: San Francisco
From the winery: "Aromas of ripe apples and a typical Veltliner spiciness marry to create a fascinating fruit bouquet. On the palate, the wine is soft and juicy, supported by a fine fruit acidity. Very harmonious, allowing for perfectly smooth drinking. Simply charming!"
Inventory: San Francisco