2011 Sonoma Mountain "Steiner Vineyard" Grüner Veltliner
100% Grüner Veltliner
Now, before you think we’ve completely gone off the deep end (after all, what does groovy Grüner Veltliner have to do with old-vine vineyards of California or Rhône varieties), please let me explain. I’m a huge Grüner fan. It’s one of the great white grapes of Austria and when farmed meticulously at a great site, like the stony terraces above the Danube in the Wachau, the variety can produce some of the most thrilling white wines in the world. Hence, when asked by Steiner’s vineyard manager if I would like some Grüner Veltliner planted on the old, hand-built rock terraces above a small lake on the property, I immediately said yes. The owner was skeptical (he had never had a Grüner before) but after sharing with him a bottle of 2002 F.X. Pichler Dürnsteiner Kellerberg, he was hooked. Two-thirds of an acre was planted in 2007, and now, just over five years later, we are thrilled to offer the first Grüner Veltliner produced from Sonoma County grapes. Not only has this wine exceeded all expectations, we believe we may have discovered a bright new future for Sonoma wine!
Medium-light yellow-gold. Absolutely stunning aromas of white grapefruit, pepper, mango, snap pea, and gardenia. Great stuff! In the mouth, medium-full bodied with flavors of nectarine, apricot, grapefruit, and pineapple. Despite the fireworks on the palate, quite aristocratic and fine-boned thanks to perfectly balanced acidity. As someone who enjoys a lot of the top Grüners of Austria, I find this to be comparable. Drink this very special wine from release through 2015. (MRO – 01/17/13)