My Garden or My Wine?


The wine for the evening was a 2006 Freie Weingartner Wachau Gruner Veltliner. My dad picked this up for me from Branford Wine and Spirits in CT, but I gather it sells for around $12, it clocked in at 12.5% alcohol by volume, and had a screw cap closure. We drank this on its own after dinner, and it was perfect that way.

On the nose I found almonds, peanuts, lime, white pepper, green beans, nutmeg, and crayon. Yes, you are reading that right, an aroma as if you were sniffing a box of a Crayola! In the mouth I got white pepper, exotic spices, grapefruit, lemon, and limes. Overall, I’d describe this wine as smelling like my garden. I often brush up against my tomato plants as I’m picking, pruning, or watering, and touching the actual plant has a very distinct aroma. That, mingled with the fragrant basil in my garden, was what this wine reminded me of.

A tasty little bottle of wine for the price, good structure and acidity, some of the typical varietal characteristics…not much more I could ask for in a $12 bottle of wine. Definitely one I’d snag again for a hot summer’s day.

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3 Responses

  1. I know what you mean by “Crayola.” It is a waxy smell. “Crayola” is a great description. I have previously described it as the wax in those Halloween juice candies, with a tiny little bit of sweet syrup in a wax candy. I think that is slightly, but only slightly, more accurate, but “Crayola” is far simpler and easier for others to understand.

    On an entirely different note, did you see the Twitter about WineQ and The 89 Project? Pretty exciting, don’t you think?

  2. Hey this looks interesting! I love the name and what a great from your Dad.

  3. I have no idea what those candies are Dhonig, so I think I’ll stick with crayon! I did hear on WineBizRadio, very cool.

    Noble Pig-I’ve gotten my dad into wine over the last two years and now he belongs to a tasting group and everything!

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