Friday, February 19, 2010

Zantho Gruner Veltliner 2008 Sponsored Wine Review by (PB)

Gruner Veltliner is the signature grape of Austria and this is nice example of the varietal. It has a pleasant light golden hue with a big bouquet of tropical fruit galore. Mango, banana, vanilla and more. Really nice!

Palate--This is a well made off-dry, really fruit filled delight with a fine acid structure making it a good a food wine but fruity enough to be a nice aperitif.

This is the first wine I have seen with a glass "cork"(actually an stopper) produced by Alcoa called "vino-seal." It is a pure glass--aesthetically pleasing--stopper that has an inert o-ring of sorts on it that locks out oxygen and is treated with a *TCA preventative, hermetically sealing the wine. Fascinating and also pricey for each cork (70 cents) which is probably why you don't see many of them.

I believe this wine runs around $15 and a nice change from the ubiquitous, poorly crafted white wines flooding the market. Raise a glass to Austria!

*TCA stands for 2,4,6, Trichloroanisole which is a chemical contaminant that ruins a wine and winery if not corrected!

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Glad to see you featured a Gruner Veltliner! Just wanted to make sure you were aware there is now a California estate bottled GV as well. Dancing Coyote Wines ( has a nice one.

Thanks for helping to get the word out on the Gruner Veltliner.