Laurenz V. - 2007 Charming Grüner Veltliner

A couple of weeks back I looked at an entry-level Grüner Veltliner from Laurenz V. Today as I continue my quest to cover an increasing array of Austrian wines in 2010 I'll take a look at another selection from Laurenz V. This one is also a Grüner Veltliner but it clocks in a few dollars higher. The Laurenz V. 2008 Charming Grüner Veltliner was produced using grapes from the Kamptal and Waldviertel regions of Austrian. The fruit was hand harvested in small lots. Temperature controlled fermentation took place in stainless steel. The wine was bottled in July of 2008. This selection has a suggested retail price of $24.99.

Vanilla and apple cider aromas are at the forefront of this Grüner Veltliner's nose. The palate shows excellent intensity with fruit, minerals and spice notes coming together to form a solid core of flavor. Lemon, lime and tangerine are the most prominent fruit flavors with ginger taking the spice lead. A hint of honey emerges on the finish which also shows off savory fruit elements and lingering spice. Excellent acidity keeps everything in check.

The wine is silky and lush. At $24.99 It's more expensive than an entry-level Grüner Veltliner but it still represents a very good value. There's a quality and complexity level here that goes beyond the price tag. An excellent choice to share with friends. The ones who aren't familiar with Grüner Veltliner are likely to be knocked out. Those who are somewhat familiar will be impressed with the many nuances this wine shows off.

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