2011 Evesham Wood Willamette Valley Grüner Veltliner

SKU #1110880

Evesham Wood was started by Russ and Mary Raney in 1986, who earned a loyal following for their spectacular, terroir-driven wines. In 2010, Erin Nuccio and his wife Jordan of Haden Fig, which had been at the winery from the beginning, took over the winery and are continuing its legacy. Unmistakably Grüner, with tropical lychee and ginger character, with subtler notes of stone fruit and spice. Soft upfront, but with zesty acidity on the mid-palate and finish, this fresh and fabulous value is a must-have when you order in Thai or Vietnamese!

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By: Chiara Shannon |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/28/2012  | Send Email
What a surprise and delight! This dry, crisp refreshing Gruner Veltliner shows varietal typicity in the form of tropical citrusy and green apple aromas and flavors, with peachy notes accented by white pepper and dandelion. It has lots of lift and drive, finishing with a minerality and length. Like its Austrian counterpart, this is an extremely versatile style of white wine that can pair with the trickiest of dishes. I recently had a farm fresh interpretation of caponata with baby artichokes instead of eggplant, and fresh heirloom tomatoes tosssed with capers, peppers, and spicy olive oil on a bed of romaine lettuces, and a wine like this would have complemented the unique combination of flavors of the dish perfectly. This is also a smart choice for sushi.

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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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United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
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Oregon

- Highly touted for its Pinot Noirs, Oregon is part of the up-and-coming winemaking industry in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Most of Oregon is directly affected by the climate coming off of the Pacific Ocean, giving it mild winters and wet summers. This makes it a difficult place to ripen grapes, but some say that the harder grapes have to struggle, the more complex they will turn out to be. Chardonnay and Pinot Gris are two important and successful grapes grown in Oregon.