Grüner Veltliner, Rainer Wess
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Grüner Veltliner, Rainer Wess - 2017

Item # 13056 750mL
$24.96/ Single Bottle
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$299.52 $269.57/ Case of 12
Grape Variety

Tasting Notes

The grapes come from the towns of Unterloiben and Dürnstein. Here the alluvial soil is covered with some loess (windblown silt, clay and sand) layers. The grapes ripen early and are the first to be picked. These factors account for the aromatic, zesty, forward and uncomplicated character this delicious, dry white wine.

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Staff Pick Notes

This is a luscious and bright Grüner Veltliner that falls on the fuller end of the spectrum. The Rainer Wess winery is in the village of Krems - inside a renovated 300 year old building that once housed a monastery cellar- in the Wachau region of Austria. The vineyards are on very steep, sloping hills hugging the Danube river. Their Grüner Veltliner is planted in several of the lower sloped sites which get a lot of sun and with soils composed of loam and silt. This gives the wines a juicier, full quality and depth of flavor. Aromas are pretty floral with a bit of greens. A very round palate with notes of tropical mango, passion fruit, and a minerality that just glows. Somewhat unexpected. I think of Grüner wines as being generally crisp and lean, but this gorgeously sunny wine hints at what more it can offer.

- TD

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