2009 Grooner, Grüner Veltliner

Well, it has been a long time coming, but I have been eyeballing this varietal for some time.  Ever since I started blogging I have read posts and reviews of this Grüner Veltliner but up until tonight I have not had the pleasure of acquaintance.  Tonight we had a nice chicken dinner with some garlic and ginger sauteed carrots and pasta.  This wine is as it claims, great with food, or on its own.

As an interesting side note, with tasting this varietal, I’m half way to my “Wine Century Club” membership.  Yeah, number 50!

2009 Grooner Grüner Veltliner

2009 Grooner! Grüner Veltliner

The Nose: Apple, melon, and citrus with a touch of spice, perhaps thyme or sage?

The Taste: Tart apple and lemon zest, tropical melon that comes into play in the middle.  There’s some spritz that pumps up the tart, crisp apple.

The Mouth Feel: For as tart as this wine is, there is definitely some body to it, good viscosity and creaminess.  Decent length of finish with good minerality.

The Color: I think the bottle is influencing my opinion but this is the greenest tinted white wine I can recall ever seeing.

The Nitty Gritty:
12% ABV
100 % Grüner Veltliner
6 g/l total acidity
3.3 g/l residual sugar
Cellar Tracker Average Score 87 Pts
$10 Average price, Google Shopping Search

The Verdict: What a nice wine for a hot day. This was my first experience with this varietal and I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect.  We had a white wine chicken with carrots sauteed in butter with garlic and ginger.  The spices really worked well with the wine and the crisp spritzy acidity really cut through the butter and brought out the flavor in the food.  I’m thoroughly pleased with my first Grüner Veltliner experience and would recommend this to someone looking for a light white that goes nicely with food or could be just as great well chilled on a hot summer day!

2009 Grooner!
Enjoy your Grooner Chilled!

New Thing: So I’m done with the point scale or letter grading.  I’m just going to tell you if I liked it and if I recommend it, I certainly don’t feel like me giving it a point score is adding any value to anyone.

In Vino Veritas: This wine was provided to me as an industry sample with the intent of review.