2010 GRÜNER by Etz Kamptal Grüner Veltliner (1L)

SKU #1079124

The Etz family has been in the wine business since 1898, and the estate is now in the 4th generation. With early 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.

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By: Illya Haase |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/26/2012  | Send Email
This is the ultimate party wine! Bright, crisp with great mineral notes. With a liter bottle you got a little extra to go all night long! Someone crank up the Lionel Richie!!

By: Mari Keilman |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/30/2011  | Send Email
Just as the label proclaims, drinking this gruner is "fresh as a slap across the face". Loaded with tons of fresh meyer lemon and lime, this gruner is true to its Austrian roots with just a hint of the classic white pepper spice. But what sets the Etz apart from the liter pack are the notes of peach and stone fruit that reveal themselves on the palate.

By: Jim Boyce |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/29/2011  | Send Email
Bright and spicy with some mid palate weight, this is as refreshing a wine as you can get in this price range (especially for a liter)! It is great as an apereitif, with courses of seafood or salads, or as a standalone sipper.

By: Kirk Walker |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/28/2011  | Send Email
Ausgezeichnet! This is vintage is better than the last!

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Varietal:

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.
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Austria

- 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