Pale shade of yellow, this Austrian native kicked off the Virtual Wine Tasting Company’s 6th event. We drank it at room temp as well as chilled. I did not think it performed well at the tasting and am now re-tasting the following night indoors. The nose exhibits tons of citrus, some lanolin and green apple. The palate has minerality and a nice acidic cut. Lemon/lime like a 7-Up alongside an austere green streak that make this a very sharp wine. It cuts in the right places and refreshes as it goes. I did not care for it initially, but I now think it fits the billing for a decent, inexpensive Gruner. The finish is very refreshing and would pair well with seafood, perhaps a spicy Arrabiata but it will shine poolside on a hot day. 88 points and 3 stars for this $15 white. Salut….
It’s very pale yellow, but it has a bright hue. The nose gives me pears, yellow apple and ginger. The palate is a touch sweet with that yellow apple note being prevalent. It has a nice mouthfeel and the richness comes through on the mid palate where a warm waxy component adds to the mix. Bosc pears come alive and the very feint acidity introduces itself. The finish is short and to the point; pears, apples and done. It’s a very balanced wine that will drink beautifully with my roasted Beer Can Chicken. I would pair this all day long with steamed ginger and scallion Salmon. The touch of sweetness and lack of acidic bite make it easy to quaff by itself. Drink till 2025. 89 points and for $10- 5 stars and in need of stockpiling! Salut….
I just spent some time in Asia on vacation. The flights to and from offered an opportunity to try some interesting wines. I made the most of it! If you have never had a Gruner Veltliner, I highly recommend them. I had this one with a seafood terrine and salad. It was a great match.
Golden dark yellow in the glass. Nose of pineapple and ripe papaya. The initial taste is quite refreshing, a cutting acidity introduces some pineapple spritz, with hints of lemon zest and pomelo. Nice mouthfeel! 89 points and for $15 a really solid wine that gets 4 stars from me. Salut….
I tried the 2008 Peter Schweiger a few months ago and really enjoyed it. We ended up with two bottles of this vintage and I wrote about the first bottle we opened as there was some variation. The main one being the effervescence that appeared in bottle 1. Ever so slight, yet noticeable in the glass and on the palate, it was quite nice actually. The wine was a dark straw color, not quite golden. Stone fruits popped out on the nose with a touch of dried apricot peel which was quite interesting. Yellow apple was the predominant flavor on the palate with some spiciness including a nutmeg twist. The wine finished with a back end leather component that is unique for a white wine, but delicious nonetheless. We bought each one for $10 and I would get more. Perfect for a summer day, it would pair beautifully with some grilled salmon, perhaps a ham and cheese baguette picnic? It arrives with a respectable 13% alcohol so be careful pounding it at lunch time or by the pool, there are Rieslings better suited for that at 8-9% alcohol. The 2011 was much fresher, cleaner and crisper with more acidity and a finer structure. This one seems to have taken on a more mellow stance and is maturing nicely. A decently long finish make this a very good wine in my opinion, 89 points worth and 4 stars for sure. Salut….
I believe this is the first time I have tried Grüner Veltliner. It reminds me of unoaked Chardonnay and I like it. Pale yellow in the glass, I was getting pears and apple on the nose. The palate presented the same with some great mid palate acidity and a spice component on the back end. The crispness of the wine is terrific and I really enjoyed it with a salad and some smoked salmon. I stayed with it for the main course of pan seared Chicken breast, loving the flavor profile. I don’t know how much this wine costs or where to get it as it was served on a flight. I highly recommend it if you like dry whites and reckon it would pair greatly with many lighter dishes. I love expanding my palate and think this was a great way to get to know a new varietal from Austria. 91 points in my book. Salut….