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Staff Pick

Grüner Veltliner "Hefeabzug", Nikolaihof - 2017

Item # 11247 750mL
$26.96/ Single Bottle
$323.52 $291.17/ Case of 12
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This item is being featured in a tasting on: 07/31/2019

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Tasting Notes

Hefeabzug means aged on the lees. This is Grüner Veltliner as Muscadet - with crisp, salty minerality, just with bigger bones, and more spice.


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Staff Pick Notes

Nikolaihof makes wines beautiful. I sent a bottle of this in a mixed case to my father and stepmother, and when I went to visit them, it was still in their fridge. What a pleasant surprise for me! They had assumed that it was a sweet wine, I guess because of the long bottle, and they thought it was a Gewurztraminer. It was the last leg of a vacation that was not very vacation-like, and when I got to their house after a 6 hour train ride, finding this bottle all chilled and ready to drink was such a delight. My stepmom tasted it with us and she really liked it too. "It's dry," she said. This is the kind of wine, like a nice cru Beaujolais, that is a cut above your everyday drinking wine. Nikolaihof has been organic since always. While this is just their entry level wine, it's really great, and your step-mom will love it too.

- JGM

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