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Make the Grüvé Choice - 08/22/2013 - Austria

Sometimes in life the bad decisions made by others can really work out for you and me. We won’t get into the details of the matter but, let’s just say that this is a super special deal and is REALLY working in your favor. In my opinion the wines from Gritsch are, without question, some of the top wines out there. They represent everything that is awesome about the living potential of the Wachau and its progression into the future. But, let’s get back to the simple facts, awesome wines on the cheap! Make the good decision…

Winery Gritsch Mauritiushof, located in the Wachau region of Austria, is named for the family Gritsch who now own the property and for the beautiful old building there called “Mauritiushof.” The house stands in the heart of the Spitz village and dates back to the 13th century when it was originally used by the monks as a collecting facility for the local grape harvest. We can’t tell you when the monks moved out (perhaps during one of the Turkish campaigns of 1529 or 1683?) but, we can tell you that the Gritsch family arrived in 1799 and began pressing those grapes into wine. A good decision! - Eric Story, K&L

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2011 Gritsch "Kalmuck" Grüner Veltliner Wachau (Previously $25) ($14.99)

This is a wine that emphasizes the notes that characterize fine Gruner Veltliner: white pepper, grapefruit, pear, pea shoots, lentil and the minerality of the terroir. It's a wine that is fresh, racy, and pairs well with food. Most importantly, though, as those are the qualities of most traditionally styled Gruner Veltliners, this wine is also built to be animated and easy drinking enough so that you will want to fill your glass again and again.

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2011 Gritsch "Axpoint" Gruner Veltliner Federspiel Wachau (Previously $30) ($18.99)

The Axpoint vines are located at the bottom of the famed Singerriedel vineyard. This is an old vineyard with 40 plus year old vines. The soils are a little bit deeper than that of the terraced Singerreidel above, which provides for a touch more power and texture. This also makes the wine a little richer and gives it a longer finish. It is a very typical Wachau Gruner Veltliner, with a peppery spice and lots of flowers popping out of the glass. There is a wonderful elegance that shines on the palate with really good length and a juicy finish. Drink now after decanting or over the next 5-7 years.