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2006 Nigl Grüner Veltliner Privat

SKU #1035177

Says importer Terry Theise: "Nigl is unambiguously among the elite in Austria, yet within that small group his are perhaps the most intricately difficult wines. They do not pour a saucy blast of charm, nor do they have the explicit (perhaps even obvious?) intensity of certain famous Wachauers. On the other hand they’re so precisely detailed and crystaline you feel your IQ increasing while they’re on your palate. Flavors are chiseled and focused to an unimagineable point of clarity; your palate almost never has to 'read' such detail, and it grows instantly more alert and probing. That’s a large part of the reward of such wines; the other part is that they taste good."

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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.


- 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.