2016 Loimer Grüner Veltliner Langenloiser Kamptal, Austria, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-

This seemed to have some trapped CO2 in it, but that quickly blew off.  Green/gold in color.  The nose is interesting.  A friend suggested strawberries and that worked.  For me, it was more like dried flowers and fresh hay if that makes sense.  It was nice though.  On the palate, this is more about tart red apples.  a bit clipped on the finish, but otherwise, quite nice.  Would work with a wide variety of food.  It will probably come together a bit over the next year and be good for at least five to seven after that.  

2016 Leth Grüner Veltliner Steinagrund, Austria, Wagram, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A

Wow.  This was fantastic and available for under $20 a bottle.  Medium gold in color.  The nose has white flowers, vanilla and limes.  Very pretty.  On the palate, vanilla and a tangerine note emerges.  Deep with a nice complexity, it slowly unwinds in the glass.  Nice finish.  This wine will work with a wide variety of foods.  Having just tasted the 2014, it seems like this should last for at least 5 years and probably longer.  It is unclear if it will improve but might be worth taking a shot on.  

2016 Nigl Grüner Veltliner Freiheit, Austria, Kremstal, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-

This wine seemed to have a bit of trapped CO2 which blew off quickly.  The nose has a fair amount of sulfur on it.  It partially blows off revealing limes and slight sour apples.  On the palate, there are green apples and slight vanilla notes.  Nice texture as it all comes together.  Good finish.  This would work with a wide variety of foods.  It probably needs a few years to hit maturity.  

2015 Weingut Willi Bründlmayer Grüner Veltliner Alte Reben Kamptal Reserve, Austria, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A

Medium gold in color.  The nose has vanilla, lemon/lime and slight floral notes.  Really pretty.  On the palate, this has a lovely smooth texture.  The vanilla comes thru along with the lemon/lime and undertones of minerality.  Deep complexity.  Slightly oily texture which is nice.  Turns tart green apple on the finish.  This seems like it has the stuffing to age well for the next ten to fifteen years.  Delicious now though.  Would work with a very wide variety of foods, even heavier meat dishes.  

NV Sektkellerei Szigeti Grüner Veltliner Brut, Austria, Neusiedlersee, Wine Review

Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-

Labelled as a Sekt.  Pale silvery gold/green in color.  There is a nice row of small bubbles at the rim of the glass.  The mousse dissipates rapidly.  The nose is a bit soapy with light green apples.  Its much more intense on the palate with tart green apples.  Pretty crisp, this would go well with a wide variety of foods.  The tart finish livens up the palate and entices the drinker to have another sip.  At under $20, this is a nice value in sparkling wine.  A bit less fruity and more tart than a Prosecco or a Cava in the same prices range.  

2016 Weingut R & A Pfaffl Grüner Veltliner Vom Haus, Austria, Weinviertel, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+

This is a very nice value.  It retails for $15.  Medium gold in color.  The nose has white flowers, slight lime and slight fresh asparagus.  On the palate, there is good acidity.  It has a len texture but not wimpy.  Nice lime and a lot of minerality.  Good finish.  Dry.  Very food friendly.  A perfect white for a summer night.  

2014 Leth Grüner Veltliner Steinagrund, Austria, Wagram, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
89
Grade: 
B+

This has evolved nicely over the last year and seems to be in a great place right now.  Deep golden in color but still with a green tinge to it.  On the nose there is an almost Gardenia/white flower note.  Also nice minerality and slight limes.  On the palate, there is a strong mineral tone to the wine.  Very good acidity.  Lower alcohol which also makes the texture thinner but more lively.  A bit of lime peel.  Long finish.  This is very food friendly.  $20 retail.  It probably needs to be consumed by 2020 although Grüner does age well.  

2014 Schiefer Blaufränkisch Königsberg, Austria, Südburgenland, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2014
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-

And now for something completely different.  Ruby in color.  The nose has black peppercorns, with some cherry/cranberry notes.  On the palate, this  is thin but still has structure and strength.  Good acidity.  The peppery red berry notes continue thru.  Would work with a lot of different foods.  In fact, it really does beg for food to tame the acid and flavors.  A really interesting wine.  

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