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Sohm & Kracher Gruner Veltliner 2011

    750ML / 13% ABV
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    750ML / 13% ABV

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    Delicate and pretty with lemongrass, lemon curd, and wet stone minerality.

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    Aldo Sohm (Best Sommelier of the World 2008 and Chef Sommelier at Le Bernardin) & Gerhard Kracher bring their passion for wine and food to a boutique production Grüner Veltliner from the Wienviertal region of Austria. Weinviertel is a region rich in old vine vineyards, great soils and micro-climates. Sohm & Kracher eventually focused on two small vineyards – one called Gaisbuckel (meaning ‘the goat’s back’ hence the goat on the label). Gaisbuckel vines were planted on pure limestone rocks with a gravelly topsoil. The second vineyard is home to 35 year old vines with a similar soil structure and slightly more sandy component.
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    Appreciated for superior wines made from indigenous varieties, Austria should be on the radar of any curious wine drinker. A rather cool and dry wine growing region, this country produces wine that is quintessentially European in style: food-friendly with racy acidity, moderate alcohol and fresh fruit flavors.

    Austria’s viticultural history is rich and vast, dating back to Celtic tribes with first written record of winemaking starting with the Romans. But the 20th century brought Austria a series of winemaking obstacles, namely the plunder of both world wars, as well as its own self-imposed quality breach. In the mid 1980s, after a handful of shameless vintners were found to have added diethylene glycol (a toxic substance) to their sweet wines to imitate the unctuous qualities imparted by botrytis, Austria’s credibility as a wine-producing country was compromised. While no one was harmed, the incident forced the country to rebound and recover stronger than ever. By the 1990s, Austria was back on the playing field with exports and today is prized globally for its quality standards and dedication to purity and excellence.

    Grüner Veltliner, known for its racy acidity and herbal, peppery aromatics, is Austria's most important white variety, comprising nearly a third of Austrian plantings. Riesling in Austria is high in quality but not quantity, planted on less than 5% of the country’s vineyard land. Austrian Rieslings are almost always dry and are full of bright citrus flavors and good acidity. Red varietal wines include the tart and peppery Zweigelt, spicy and dense Blaufränkisch and juicy Saint Laurent. These red varieties are also sometimes blended.

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    Fun to say and delightfully easy to drink, Grüner Veltliner calls Austria its homeland. While some easily quaffable Grüners come in a one-liter—a convenient size—many high caliber single vineyard bottlings can benefit from cellar aging. Somm Secret—About 75% of the world’s Grüner Veltliner comes from Austria but the variety is gaining ground in other countries, namely Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and the United States.

    SWS323028_2011 Item# 138046

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