2019 Gobelsburger Gruner Veltliner
It’s time to embrace the frisky, funky world of Austrian wine.
You’re scared and you should be – these people use umlauts. You are happy drinking Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc. Why change? Well, think of it this way – if Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc did a little hanky panky their love child would be Grüner Veltliner – Austria’s most celebrated white wine.
GrüVee may sound like the niftiest new Harley exhaust system but it’s not. It is the snappiest, most food loving, and deliciously fruity white wine that money can buy. I know the full name name is an eyeful, but Austrians love those consonants.
Think of what you love about Chardonnay – luscious fruit with hints of fresh-baked cinnamon rolls, touches of minerality, and honey spice. Then think of Sauvignon Blanc – the aromas of exotic flowers, grassiness, and a racy palate. GrüVee has all these things rolled into one!
And it takes it up one notch. To paraphrase Annie Oakley, anything Chardonnay or Sauv Blanc can do, GrüVee can do better. Need to dance your way through a dinner with artichokes, asparagus and teriyaki grilled salmon? – GrüVee does it best. Want a wine to out-age the best of the best Montrachet? GrüVee has the power and viscosity to go the distance. Looking for a fresh, crisp hot-summer cocktail? GrüVee gets you there faster and fruitier than Sauvignon.
Furthermore, Schloss Gobelsburg – our wine on special today – ain’t exactly a fly-by-night operation. The vineyards were gifted to the Gobelsburg monks in 1170. Mr. Schloss came later. That’s 822 more years of winemaking experience than Mer Soleil Chardonnay!
Let’s consider the man at the helm of this Teutonic monster – Michael Moosbrugger, aka Miggi. Austria is one of the hottest, most happenin’ winemaking countries on the face of the earth right now, and our dearest Miggi is Austria’s Winemaker of the Year. This award is like getting a gold medal in figure skating, claiming the Heisman trophy, and becoming an Iron Chef all rolled into one. I told you this place was funky.
Miggi’s Gobelsburg GrüVee is tour de force of Grüner Veltliner. Terry Theise, wise sage and guide through Austria, notes “[the wine shows] notes of lime, pepper and wintergreen. It is transparent and incisive, acupuncture of GrüVee; no possible Wachau Federspiel comes close to this [and that is saying a lot to the-who-is-at-home crowd]; Grüner doesn’t seem incomplete but rather culminates here, this is its entirety; it has a “sweet” spiciness like mint jelly.”
To me, it’s the precision and force behind its upfront fruit that makes this wine so special.
This is one of the best wines I sell. It is a pleasure for me to be able to offer it at this special price!