Gregory Dal Piaz

Location: New York, NY

Gruner Veltliner Tasted March 2013

Rank Wine Rating Price
1 Wimmer Czerny Gruner Veltliner Frumberg (2011)
Comments: 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 backend 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 here. 90pts
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2 Karl Lagler Grüner Veltliner Federspiel Burgberg (2011)
Comments: 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
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3 Darcie Kent Vineyards Grüner Veltliner Monterey Rava Blackjack Vineyard (2011)
Comments: A touch waxy on the nose there's plenty of peachy and mango toned citrus fruit here. A touch soft and round in the mouth, this delivers a nice mineral backed 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
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4 Nautilus Gruner Veltliner Marlborough Nz (2011)
Comments: Rather subtle with lime zest aromas and 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
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5 Dancing Coyote Gruner Veltliner (2010)
Comments: 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 that shows lovely green fruit and a nice firm texture. 87pts
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6 Pratsch Gruner Veltliner (2011)
Comments: Lightly aromatic on the nose with hints o 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 spicy 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 steely 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
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