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Sohm & Kracher Single Vineyard Gruner Veltliner 2009

Gruner Veltliner from Austria
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13% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Gorgeously tart sour green plum and lemongrass flavor with phenomenal acidity.

Fermentation and ageing in barriques for 18 months.

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Thought up in a Thai restaurant in Queens, realized in two small old-vine bloch in Weinviertel, this is gruner veltliner with the stature of Chassagne-Montrachet. It's the first venture between Austrian-born sommelier Aldo Sohm of Le Bernardin in New York and Burgenland winemaker Gerhard Kracher; they chose to let the grapes spontaneously ferment in barrel and bottled it without filtration in hopes of retaining the purity of the fruit. Decanting helps clear up the haze, yet the fine particles also seem to give the wine a cashmere texture. It's a fine base for the flavors, which run from savory stone to golden fruit, cardamom, cumin and fennel, lasting for minutes. While it's dense and tightly woven, there's also succulence and a glinting acidity that aims directly at the salivary glands. Sable, miso-glazed cod, a mushroom tart, anything savory and salty
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Sohm & Kracher

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Sohm & Kracher, Austria
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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.

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.

Gruner Veltliner

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Fun to say and delightfully easy to drink, Grüner Veltliner is indigenous to Austria, where it has long maintained its status as the nation’s most important and most planted white grape.

In the Glass

Crisp and refreshing with plenty of lively acidity, Grüner Veltliner is marked by telltale notes of white pepper, citrus, peach, herbs and a bright minerality. While most are fresh and ready to drink early, there are a few styles to be found. Many high caliber single vineyard bottlings can benefit from cellar aging but the straightforward and easily quaffable Grüners often come in one liter size bottles—a convenient size!

Perfect Pairings

Grüner Veltliner is a wonderfully versatile wine. It can pair with just about any lighter fare, from seafood to poultry, or even notoriously difficult vegetables like asparagus and artichokes. Traditional Austrian Weiner Schnitzel is also a perfect match to the acidity and spice in Grüner Veltliner.

Sommelier 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.

SWS283156_2009 Item# 138044