Saturday, February 6, 2010

Loimer Lois Gruner Veltliner, 2007

I'm a relative newcomer but quickly becoming a fan of Gruner Veltliner, a versatile Austrian white. It has the high acid, low alcohol intensity to match up well with vegetable centered meals or spicy Asian food.

This wine has a simple white label with the word Lois printed in light green to match the green screw cap closure. The wine inside is equally elegant and deceptively simple. Give it time and attention, and you'll be rewarded. Aromas and flavors feature slightly underripe apples, lime, flowers, minerals and just a hint of green--only a fraction of what you'd expect from a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Some tasters have mentioned white pepper and lentils. On the palate, the wine is fresh and intense but very smooth with a mineral-tinged finish.

I paid a bit more ($15) than I usually spend for an every day wine, but this wine is worth the premium. I'll go back for more.

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