2013 Sonoma Mountain "Steiner Vineyard" Grüner Veltliner
100% Grüner Veltliner
Yea! With Steiner’s second block of Grüner now producing, we can finally get this delicious wine into the hands of more thirsty “Gru-vee” fans. If you are unfamiliar with this variety, Grüner Veltliner is the great white grape of Austria, with the finest examples typically coming from the Wachau, Kremstal, and Kamptal areas. At the lower end of ripeness (10 to 12.5% alcohol), the variety produces a fresh, snappy wine with aromas of fresh peas, lime, white grapefruit, iris, and white pepper. As it gets riper, as ours is, the fruit often leans towards stone fruits (peach, nectarine, apricot) or even the tropical spectrum (mango, pineapple), with notes of honey, ginger, and Schezuan peppercorns. Grüner Veltliner is extremely food friendly and works well with everything from Asian cuisine to foods notoriously difficult to pair with wine such as asparagus and artichokes. There are only one and a half acres of Grüner in Sonoma County, all of which is at Steiner Vineyard. A very rare and special wine!
Brilliant medium-light to medium green-yellow. Intense, fragrant aromas of pineapple, canteloupe, and acacia honey. On the palate, medium-bodied but surprisingly powerful with flavors of pineapple, mango, lime, and flinty minerals. Despite the tropical fruit and honey descriptors, completely dry with no residual sugar. Fermented and aged in all stainless steel. If I didn’t know better, I would swear this wine was from Austria. Enjoyable now, this wine will benefit from some age. Drink from release through 2021. (MRO – 01/21/15)