2011 Forstreiter Kögl Grüner Veltliner Kremstal (Previously $18)

SKU #1141632 90 points Wine Spectator

 This delicate white offers interesting notes of dried herbs that join the fresh-cut apple and green peach flavors in this snappy style. The well-sculpted finish of mineral and white pepper lingers with hints of orange peel. Drink now through 2019. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 6,000 cases made. –KM  (6/ 2013)

K&L Notes

As soon as I took a sip of this one I knew that this was a no doubter. Very bright with notes of apple and white berries and a soft mineral note adding to the aromatic. Juicy structure on the palate with a well put together core of spiced tropical fruits and a good snappy finish. My initial thought was immediately to have this as my Thanksgiving wine. (Eric Story, Austrian Buyer)

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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.