Monday, April 23, 2012

Gustav Grüner Veltliner 2009

Do you ever wonder when trying a new wine, if that first taste or bottle may not quite tell you what that grape is all about.   What I mean is,  when you open a varietal that you have never had before, should you reject that grape because that bottle was not enjoyable or do you embrace that wine because it was a good or very good wine. I know that for a very long time, I did just that.  Doing so, I lost out on the enjoyment of many wines over the last 40 years.  Now, I won't judge any wine I am tasting for the first time until I have a chance to try a few other producers of that wine.
In my last post, the Grooner Grüner Veltliner, I praised the wine as an excellent white summer wine that would pair with just about any dish, sans maybe beef.  It was the first Grüner Veltliner I tasted and decided that just maybe I better pick up a few more just to find out for myself if this was a one hit wonder or a varietal that I would feel comfortable ordering at any time.  Unfortunately, here in Central New York, finding a few different producers is not that easy, but I did find a Gustav Grüner Veltliner 2009 ($12) at the same shop I found the Grooner.
Shirley cooked up a very nice Asian dish with chicken, rice and a mixture of Asian sauces to have with the Gustav.  A very nice Sauvignon Blanc like color when poured. A bright almost like water with a light green grassy hue was the only characteristic similar to the Grooner.
Aromas were a little different.  Some apple with a floral aroma and some mineral.  The mineral or slate aromas were very much like what I get in some of my favorite Finger Lakes wines.  Very nice mouth feel with hints of honey, citrus, pear and pineapple.  Finish was long and dry with lots of green apple, pear and little honey.  This was in many ways different than my last Grüner Veltliner, but I am hard pressed to call one better than the other.   There was still a likeness to a Gewurztraminer and Pinot Grigio.  The pairing with the Soy and Sesame sauces was not what I thought it would be, but sipping later in the evening was quite nice.  I did prefer the Grooner over the Gustav and I am ready to try a few more Austrian Grüner Veltliner the summer.  Very nice dry white wines and very affordable. Recommended

1 comment:

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