Zocker Paragon Vineyard Gruner Veltliner 2013
Gruner Veltliner from Edna Valley, Central Coast, California
Rich and round but with great acid structure, this wine is steely and has pronounced minerality. It has a bit of an earthy characteristic, a strong white pepper note, and flavors of ripe melon and fruit cocktail.
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com - "A super Gruner and from the USA, what is going on here? Well, many of the geekiest sommeliers think the Gruner is the wine that they would drink endlessly and why not? Gruner Vetliner is a wonderful white wine varietal. Most often or nearly always, those wines hail from Austria. The wonderful 2013 Zocker from the Edna Valley of San Luis Obispo County simply rocks my world; generous with aromas and flavors of peach fuzz, the fruit notes are joined by sweet earth and green apple. Yes, this is a really cool wine; excellent with lightly grilled chicken or simply adorned seafood. (Tasted: April 3, 2015, San Francisco, CA)"
Wine Enthusiast - "This grape, seldom planted on the Central Coast, produces a wine that boasts intense aromas of passion fruit juice and candied grapefruit. It’s lively and ripe on the palate, with white rose and apple blossom flavors, yet balanced, with lime peel, cut grass and steel accents."
Zocker Winery produces wines made exclusively from the white varietals of Grüner Veltliner and Riesling. The grapes are grown on the Niven family’s famed Paragon Vineyard in the Edna Valley on the Central Coast of California, and the wines are made by veteran French winemaker Christian Roguenant. One of the latest projects of Niven Family Wine Estates, Zocker (Austrian word for Gambler) is likely their riskiest venture yet, as these varietals are far from conventional. View all Zocker Wines
About Central CoastView a map of Central Coast wineries
The largest of California's wine growing regions, the Central Coast produces the majority of California's wine. The district sprawls out, covering most of the vineyard land between San Francisco and Santa Barbara. Smaller sub-AVAs of the Central Coast include Monterey Bay, Paso Robles, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains and many others.
Notable FactsGrape varieties range from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. Some Central Coast wine is generic, bulk wine that contributes to the high production numbers of the area. But many winemakers and wineries, particular in some of the smaller AVAs, are small production artisans, creating unique and high-quality wine. The great thing about the Central Coast is its diversity - you're able to find a number of grape varieties and styles at a number of different price points.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country unto itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review3.53.7 out of 5 stars
3 ratings, 2 with reviewsgwendolyn - Oakland, CA58/21/2015
Lovely! You want to keep sipping this. Has the typical white pepper notes, loads of minerality, a slight tropical note on the finish, but super refreshing and hard to put down. For this price it's a staple in the cellar.Gatorbait - Pompano Beach, FL37/14/2015
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tobocrs - Clarkdale, AZ36/19/2015My first Grüner-Veltliner, it proved drier than expected. Still, a pleasant dinner wine with both a shrimp and berry salad and with Indian food.
- Light & Crisp
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- I always laugh when I see this wine. A Gruner from California? For those of you becoming aware of the Gruner