Grüner Veltliner Federspiel, Rudi Pichler
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Grüner Veltliner Federspiel, Rudi Pichler - 2019

Item # 33484 750mL
$26.99/ Single Bottle
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Tasting Notes

Peppery spice and florals on the nose that carry through the palate with hints of peach. Dry and delicious, this wine can be enjoyed now or aged to add to its complexity.


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Staff Pick Notes

Grüner veltliner is the most widely planted grape in Austria and has deservedly gained popularity in the U.S., mostly as a summer quaffer. But Grüner has much more to offer, as exhibited here. The term 'Federspiel' on the label (which translates to a type of falcon in the region) is a classification of ripeness. Thus this wine has a richness and complexity, but with a low alcohol content. Chaptalization (the addition of sugar to boost alcohol) is never permitted. Although perfectly suited to the warm months, this will pair perfectly with vegetable and white meat dishes throughout the year. This is a Grüner with aging potential. The apple, pear, apricot, and herbal notes will continue to evolve in complexity over time. So invest in a few bottles and see what this remarkable grape has to offer year to year.

- DY

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