Grüner Veltliner Eiswein is a new one for me. This one is deep gold in the glass with a watery sheen highlighting the relatively low 8% ABV. The nose is exquisite- pronounced aromas of stewed apricots, grilled honey, mango, geranium, almond slivers, white peach, mandarin orange peel and bananas foster. Stunning. The palate is lusciously sweet. Low acidity, full bodied, unctuous and simply delicious. The primary flavor I get is stewed stone fruit, with honey in abundance. Floral notes, nutty nuance and a hint of mango and orange citrus makes for a yummy experience. This is spectacular. 98 points was awarded by one pro. I have to agree. This $50 sticky is amazing and gets 5 stars. I feel it will drink well till 2035. #blownaway. Salut….
Yesterday was Moxie’s birthday. Two of our sons snuck in for the celebration- one from Montreal, the other from D.C. In planning for #3 to return to Canada he needed a COVID test, so I booked one at 5:30 and then a table for the six of us shortly thereafter. One glimpse at the menu told me I needed a crisp white to go with the grilled Trout mains I was about to order. This one did not disappoint, albeit the first impression was a bit shocking.
It pours a medium lemon color with barely a shimmer in the glass due to the low 12% ABV. The nose has interesting aromas of lemon, grapefruit, tangerine, ginger and orange blossom. The palate is where I nearly regretted my choice- the wine is a touch sweet, as in off-dry. I was hoping for a crisp, dry white. Alas, I was not disappointed. The citrus flavors were ever present, as was a spritz of lemon that I found interesting. The (candied) ginger is probably what I sensed as a sweet component, though with such low alcohol, there could well be residual sugar present. I found the wine to be quite refreshing thanks to the spritz and medium body. The flavors are present but not cloying, the acidity is medium (+) and not cutting. The finish might be short, but it is mouth puckering and makes me long for another taste. This is a great white wine varietal to explore with fish, chicken, shellfish and vegetarian dishes laced with savory spices. I like this $16 bottle that gets 89 points and 4 stars from me. Drink soon. Salut….