Friday, April 20, 2012

Grooner Grüner Veltliner 2010

The Grooner – 2010 Grüner Veltliner was produced using fruit sourced in Austria’s Niederösterreich appellation. This offering is 100% Grüner Veltliner, the #1 white wine grape of Austria.. This wine was made by Meinhard Forstreiter whose family has been making wine in this region since 1868. Under his stewardship the Winery has reached new heights in several aspects of their operation such as the implementation of sustainable farming practices. For the last several years he’s partnered with Monika Caha & Tony Silver from Caha selections to bring Grooner to the masses in the US. Their mission is to help educate the US consumer about this grape that they may be unfamiliar with and whose name they may have a difficult time pronouncing. The 2010 Grooner is widely available and has a suggested retail price of $13, but I found it for $9 at a local wine shop.
We served this wine with Pam's Alfredo sauce (little heavy on the Parmesan) over linguine mixed with peas and asparagus.  The dinner came out a little dry, but tasty and the Grooner was a nice pairing.
Good aromas usually suggest a nice wine and the aromas this night suggested a very nice wine.  Lots of green apple, some peach and some lime with just a hint of sugar plum aroma was very pleasant.  In the mouth, the wine was dry with some tropical fruits and zesty lime leading to a crisp dry finish with a little apple and peach.
Grooner is publicized as a wine falling somewhere between a Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio.  I find the Sauvignon Blanc only in the light green hue in the color.  I think it's more between a Gewürztraminer and Pinot Grigio. However you look it is still a very nice and versatile wine that will pair with just about any meal.   I'm looking forward to some warm summer nights on the patio and sipping an Austrian Grüner Veltliner.  Very highly recommended.  

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