Grapes Galore!

*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from the PR folks for Wines of Austria.

I’ve been adding grapes to my Double Century Club application recently.  This was a totally new grape for us. While I’m quite familiar with and very much enjoy Gruner Veltliner, I’d not previously gotten around to trying Roter Veltliner. I think this makes grape number 139 for us. It’s getting harder and harder to come across new grapes without individually hunting them down from internet sources!  The wine for the night was the 2009 Leth Roter Veltliner. It has a screw cap, clocks in at 12.5% alcohol by volume, and retails for $17ish.

Four takeaways from this wine:

1.)  I was surprised at how close, but different this grape was from Gruner Veltliner.

2.) To me the Roter Veltliner actually had a little more going on than regular Gruner, and I dug that.

3.) From a quick search of the internet, I only see a couple different producers for this grape that are imported to the US.

4.) This is definitely worth a try, and would be a crisp, clean wine to enjoy on a warm day.

On the nose I found white pepper, lemon, apple, dried herbs, honey, and exotic fruit. In the mouth I got stones, lemon, pear, apple, quince, and a lick of orange citrus on the finish. Overall I found that it had very crisp, clean fruit flavors and a nice tartness. I definitely enjoyed adding this to my list of grapes I’ve tried and would be excited to try it again.




Grooner Gruner

*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from F. Wildman.

Lots of wines that are fun to say in recent days around here. GROOOOOOOOOONNNNER. And lots of Gruner! Told you I was revisiting my liaison with Gruner this spring. I think I’m out now though. I’ll need to go peruse the local shops and see if they’ve got anything new and interesting. I’m still having trouble finding much Gruner on local shelves. The 2009 Grooner Gruner Veltliner (still giggling at the name here) was everything I like about Gruner all in one bottle. and all for as little as $7 online, with a screw cap.

On the nose I got spice, jasmine, lemon, pear, and white pepper. The pear and white pepper just drew me into this glass of wine. In the mouth I got more pear, lime, tropical fruits, and herbs. The fruit showed fresh and the wine displayed excellent acidity. At this price point, the Grooner is a total winner in my book.

Singing Gruner

*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from Folio Winemakers

We all know I had a love affair last spring with Gruner Veltliner. I’m gearing up to repeat that liaison this spring.  I just find Gruner to be so light and sprightly and perfect for the spring. I love it. I especially love the Laurenz V. Gruners from Folio Winemakers. I’ve written about them several times, and here we have the newest version of the Laurenz and Sophia Gruner, the 2009 Singing Gruener Veltliner.  It has a screw cap closure, retails for around $16, and the bottle got recycled before I could record the alcohol content.

On the nose I found pear, pineapple, honeysuckle, flowers, tangerine, and jasmine. I wrote in my notes that it smells like the tropics. In the mouth I got tons of pineapple, pear, white pepper, and a spicy note. The wine overall had a very plush mouthfeel.

Still Charming

*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from Folio Winemakers.

I reviewed this same wine a year and a half ago. I somehow ended up with a second sample of the same vintage, but I’m not complaining. It’s a great wine and I’m happy to taste it again. The wine in question? The 2006 Charming Laurenz V. Gruner Veltliner. Normally I wouldn’t review the same wine again, but at times I enjoy seeing if my notes track with my previous review. The notes are pretty close, though lacking the green bean I found last time. The wine clocks in at 13% alcohol by volume, has a screw cap, and retails for $24.99.

On the nose I found white pepper, lemon, stone, lemon zest, tropical notes, green apple, and white peach. In the mouth I got green apple, lemon zest, white pepper, peach, pineapple, and tropical notes. I found the fruit to be clean and crisp. I really enjoy this wine, and as always like Gruner Veltliner very much.

Gruner Gruner Everywhere

*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from the PR folks for Wines of Austria

I’m having a sort of affair with Gruner Veltliner this year.  I find it charming, generally interesting, and different from any other white I’ve encountered.  Plus, it works with so many different kinds of foods that it’s really versatile.  Last night we tried the 2008 Fritsch Gruner Veltliner Steinberg.  It had a screw cap closure, clocked in at 12.5% alcohol by volume, and retails for around $15.

On the nose of the wine I got white pepper, pepper, lemon, flowers, and exotic fruit.  In the mouth the fruit seemed more citrusy than on the nose, with spice, grapefruit, salt, and a slight steely/tinned fruit flavor.  I found the wine to be straight forward and easy to drink, but less complex than other Gruners I’ve had this year. I think I’d like to see this one closer to the $10 price point to feel that it had a good QPR.

I Dream of Gruner

*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from the PR folks for Wines of Austria.

I unabashedly love Gruner Veltliner. It’s fun, easy to drink, generally easy on my wallet, and tastes pretty darn good to me. I also think it’s perfect with Thanksgiving dinner (oh my, yes, I’m already thinking ahead for Thanksgiving wines!) with great acidity it stands up nicely to the mish mosh of foods. Last night we tried the 2008 Rotes Haus Gruner Veltliner. It had a real cork closure, retails for around $20, and clocked in at 13% alcohol by volume.

On the nose I found white flowers, honey notes, peaches, and banana notes. Aside from the banana, it reminded me quite strongly of Riesling. In the mouth I got peaches, honey notes, a gravelly/stone streak, and citrus zest on the finish. The wine had great acidity and tasted crisp and fresh to me. I thought the flavors and texture melded well to make a lovely, refreshing wine. I’d definitely add it to the Thanksgiving menu.

Gruner Kick

Like I said earlier this week, I was inspired by the GruV Olympics to go out and fetch some Gruner of my own. My only problem is that I normally only find one or two bottles in any given wine shop and often one of those bottles is a 1.5L bottle that I don’t want to drink. So I was delighted to find that Unwined in Alexandria actually had a pretty good selection of Gruner and I snagged a few different bottles to try. We sipped on the 2008 Tegernseerhof  T 26 Gruner Veltliner while enjoying a nice afternoon in our rocking Adirondack chairs on the front porch. This Gruner cost me $14.99 at Unwined, had a screw cap closure, and clocked in at 12.5% alcohol by volume.

On the nose I found tinned pears, tinned peas, white pepper, tropical notes, pineapple, and apple. In the mouth I got more pears, pineapple, tinned veggies, lemon, apple, and grapefruit. Overall I really thought this had great acidity and I promise the tinned veggies weren’t a turn off at all!