2011 Wimmer-Czerny Gruner Veltliner Frumberg Wagram 13% $16

Dusty and soft on the nose with honeycomb and smoky, gravel aromas that gain intensity and are joined by hints of tree bark and white pepper with air. A touch soft in the mouth, this is broad and supple with nice mineral and slightly candied citrus and pear flavors. Showing nice detail on a modest scale, this gains lovely floral notes on the back end and unfurls fine, spicy and deep white orchard fruits across the long finish. I really like the juxtaposition of the elegant palate with the powerful finish. 90pts

2011 Karl Lagler Gruner Veltliner Federspiel Burgberg Wachau 12.5% $22

Pops on the nose with an early rush of yeastiness, followed by aromas of mineral talc, violet floral notes, light hints of peach and tangerine topped with a light minty note. This enters the mouth with a fair amount of richness and intensity; very round on the palate though with nice mineral/acid cut. There's a lot of peppery flavor here along with quartzy minerality and light peach, pear and citrus pith tones that lead to an intense, long finish. This lacks some elegance but delivers a lot of intensity and depth. 89pts

2010 Darcie Kent Gruner Veltliner Rava Blackjack Vineyard Monterey 13% $14

A touch waxy on the nose, there's plenty of peach and mango-toned citrus fruit here. A touch soft and round in the mouth, this delivers a nice mineral back end mouthful of lemon pith, white peach and green plum flavors that lead to a firm, moderately long finish which shows a touch of mineral cut and a lingering hint of sweet green herb on the finale. 88pts

2011 Nautilus Gruner Veltliner Marlborough NZ 13% $15

Rather subtle with lime zest aromas, gentle green pea, cactus leaf and green peppercorn aromas. A touch soft in the mouth and relatively light-bodied, though there is some attractive depth to the citrus pith flavors that are colored with green herb and peppercorn shadings. The finish shows more of a lemon/pineapple aspect to the fruit as well as pretty good length. 87pts

2010 Dancing Coyote Gruner Veltliner Clarksburg California 13.5% $12

Peppery and a little green on the nose, though there is a little over-ripeness here with honied and cooked fruit aromas of peach and white cherry thats a bit waxy. This enters the mouth with a nice level of richness and good, firm acids. There's plenty of fruit here, but it's much fresher than the nose would indicate. There's a light grassy note here and a touch of spice as well that drifts onto a fairly long finish, showing lovely green fruit and a nice firm texture. 87pts

2011 Pratsch Gruner Veltliner Organic Niederosterreich 12.5% $15/Liter

Lightly aromatic on the nose with hints of white pepper and dried grass accenting the lime and green pear aromas. Rather spritzy right out of the bottle. This shows off rather assertively dried herbal and lightly spiced flavors with good intensity. There's some subtle fruit here, lime pith and melon rind, but this is as savory as it is fruity and turns somewhat steeley on the modest finish. Good intensity to the flavors and well-balanced, this is an interesting if small and somewhat simple wine. Should be great with simple food. Comes in a liter bottle. 86pts