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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.
Domaine Begude is a small, family-owned property located high in the foothills of the Pyrenees in the Limoux region of the Languedoc. The long, cool growing season lends itself perfectly to the production of crisp and delicate wines, all organically certified by Ecocert & NOP. The "Exotique" is 100% Gruner Veltliner, a grape not authorized for cultivation in France. James Kinglake, owner of Begude, wanted to experiment so he sought out cuttings from his friend Markus Huber of Huber winery located in the Traisental region of Austria. The experiment suc... Read More »
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.
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 »
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.
90 points Wine Enthusiast: "Enticing notions of passion fruit and peach grab the attention first, but there is almost more interest in the peppery, zesty mouth-feel. Fresh but rounded." (8/2014) Wine & Spirits: "This is floral and fresh, an easy, limey grüner for drinking anytime." (4/2015) K&L Notes: 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)
91 points Wine Spectator: "Lush, with light smoky accents to the ripe apple, pear and tangerine flavors. Offers crisp acidity and plenty of savory notes. The zesty finish is filled with accents of ripe citrus and allspice. Drink now through 2020." (11/2014)90 points Wine Enthusiast: "Riper notions of juicy yellow pear play here, fringed by peppery leaves of arugula and zesty lemon freshness. It’s focused, precise and concentrated." (8/2014) Jancis Robinson: "RS 4 g/l. Cool and very fresh – mountain stream impression. Green fruit aromas. Light, lively and well balanced." (6/2014)
According to the winery: "In stony, mineral-rich soils - and limestone and slate as well - premium quality grapes are thriving. Karl Holzapfel strives to create clear, vibrant wines with fine fruit and distinctive character - ideal for enjoying every day - as well as dry, compact Smaragd wines with complex aromas and flavours and a wonderful ageing potential."
93-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Fred's citrus colored, fascinatingly deep and terroir-driven 2013 Grüner Veltliner Käferberg Erste Lage is a must buy of the vintage and one of the finest and most precise crus I have had from this charismatic family estate that I have followed for almost 15 years. Yields, however, were dramatically low with only 5 hl/ha! The wine was harvested manually at the beginning of November and fermented spontaneously in used barrels of 300 and 600 liters and aged on its full lees for six months and for another four months on the fine lees in stainless steel. It ...Read More »
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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.
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.
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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.
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)
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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 »
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)
"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 »
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."
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)
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)
Josef Jamek is one of those names that is synonymous when talking about the wines from the Wachau. The style is not heavy handed and shows what vineyard expression is all about. The Ried Achleiten is arguably one of the most famous vineyards in all of Austria. Rich minerals subdued by a core of fruit that is wound up and tight. Classic white pepper and flowers add to the savory and salty finish. (Eric Story, Austrian Buyer)
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)
The Pollers are quietly making really great wines in the now-becoming-fashionable Weinviertal (wine quarter) to the northeast of Vienna and they are starting to get noticed. They went organic in '95 and are on the way to becoming certified. This bottling is their drinker, a fresh and zesty wine not to fuss over, just to enjoy with friends and let your mind unwind. It has a lovely nose of grapefruit and snap pea, with hints of white pepper, spring flowers and wet stones.
Inventory: Main Warehouse
89 points 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." (10/2014) K&L Notes: From the Winery: "In the vineyards of Gobelsburg, the terroir is different to what is found in the rest of the Kam... Read More »
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)
From the Wine Maker: “My dream of having a winery with wines of style and international character has come true. Today, Wieninger stands for top wines that are from Vienna - and are internationally known. And as a forerunner of high quality wines from Vienna, it means a lot to me to create wines that the Viennese can be proud of.”
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