Tasting Note: Shady Lane Gruner Veltliner

I’m very happy to see Austrian grapes like Gruner Veltliner planted in the US – they’re a nice alternative to the same-old same-old.  I purchased this bottle on one of my summer trips up north, and enjoyed it with Chinese 5-spice chicken, vermicelli, mushrooms, and collard greens.

Shady Lane Gruner Veltliner (2013) Leelanau Peninsula, MI – $20

Color: pale yellow – is there a hint of green in there?

Aroma: a creamy nose with Golden Delicious apple and citrus.

Taste: Crisp up front with citrus notes dominating, then flinty and apple-pear tastes. Lively on the tongue. The finish has a hint of lanolin. Tart but not acrid.

Wonderful with the 5-spice chicken – really brings out the ginger and the heat of the Sichuan pepper.



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