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Date Printed: 9/18/2014
Zocker Paragon Vineyard Gruner Veltliner 2009
Zocker Paragon Vineyard Gruner Veltliner 2009
(search item no. 107975)
screw cap wine
green wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/18/2014: $19.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2012 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The fruit for the Zocker Grüner Veltliner was grown in the Niven family's estate Paragon Vineyard in the Edna Valley on California's Central Coast. Soils are generally made up of Diablo series, clay loam, rocky marine sediment, and volcanic remnants. In a few portions of the vineyard however, clay loam is more prominent, which allows for more water retention. This, along with the influence of the nearby Pacific Ocean and the extended growing season, makes the terroir here similar to areas in Austria where Grüner Veltliner reigns as the number one white varietal in the country.

Rich and round but with great acid structure, this wine is steely and has good minerality. It has a bit of an earthy characteristic, a note of white pepper, and flavors of ripe melon and fruit cocktail.

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About Zocker:

Zocker is an American winery that produces wines made exclusively from the white varietals of Grüner Veltliner and Riesling. The grapes are grown on the Niven family’ famed Paragon Vineyard in the Edna Valley on the Central Coast of California, and the wines are made by veteran French winemaker Christian Roguenant. The latest project of Niven Family Wine Estates, Zocker (Austrian word for Gambler) is likely their riskiest venture yet, as these varietals are far from conventional.