Drinking Tonight: Floriani Gruner Veltliner

Purchased this the other day at my local Trader Joe’s for $8, vintage 2011.  I didn’t notice until I got home that it’s actually from Hungary, not Austria! I’m having a glass while I make mushroom risotto.

Color: very pale straw yellow with a hint of green

Aroma: quite herbal – lemon verbena and basil, followed by straight citrus

Taste: perfectly dry, with an initial acidic hit followed by minerality and a clean finish.  I overchilled it and will give it a few minutes to warm up.

OK, now I’m picking up more citrus on the nose, and the feel is creamier.  The citrus taste notes last through the mid-palate into the finish.

For the money, this is an excellent deal.  I’ll stock up on this for the summer – I can see this with my grilled Caesar salad, shellfish, or goat cheese pizza.




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