2010 Schloss Gobelsburg "Steinsetz" Grüner Veltliner (375ml)

SKU #1081545 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The Gobelsburg 2010 Gruner Veltliner Steinsetz--which wasn't picked until mid-November--unites textural richness with refreshment, pithy piquancy, and mineral impingement. Cress and lime; green bean and coffee; crushed stone and iodine convey their complex, interactive message on a polished, buoyant (at 12.7% alcohol) palate, leading to a finish both exuberant and gripping. This may prove too much a mouthful of minerals for some, but should prove fascinatingly versatile for at least the next 6-8 years.  (10/ 2011)

90 points Wine Spectator

 This exhibits a richly spiced nose, as fresh flavors of baked apple and pear are joined by hints of gooseberry and fresh pastry. The lush finish lingers, with cream and spice notes. Drink now through 2017.  (5/ 2012)

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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.
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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.