2013 Kuenhof Veltliner Iscaro

SKU #1215018

Kuenhof is located in the Eisack/Isarco river valley deep into the Alps less than 30 miles from the border with Austria. No need to practice your Italian here - better to bring a German phrasebook! This region was part of Austria until the end of WWI and has never assimilated into mainstream Italy. Peter Pliger (owner/winemaker) releases some of the most exciting wines you’ll ever have - truly stunning, He ferments the wines and then ages them in 2/3rd stainless steel and 1/3rd in 15 hectoliter Acacia barrels. Up in the Eisacktaler they have lots of different types of Veltliners but this one is 100% Grüner, and it shows its classic aromatics of white pepper and fresh peas, coupled with an intense minerality and body at only 13.5% alcohol. This wine is really intense; it lets you know right away that you’ve hooked a big one. The wine plays bigger than it is, while it is inherently an elegant wine it shows layers of spice, mineral and flower, is daring on the palate and has a long lasting finish. We love this wine with roasted pork, grilled calamari or lobster risotto.

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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.
Country:

Italy

- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world. For our entire Italian wine selection, click here. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of Italy.
Sub-Region:

Trentino-Alto Adige

Alcohol Content (%): 13.5