Friday, June 3, 2011

Leth 2009 Grüner Veltliner Klassik, Austria

Leth 2009 Grüner Veltliner Klassik
from Fels Am Wagram, Austria

I picked this one up on my recent trip to Berlin. It cost about 10 euros. The funniest part about this wine, other than the name, is that when it is a little too cold it smells exactly like Martinelli's apple juice. This wine is in the trocken style which means it is dry. It is a medium tier of quality known as qualitätswein. For Leth, "klassik" seems to have the same connotation "estate" does for Californian wineries.

The color is a pale yellow with a slight tinge of green. As the wine opens and the apple juice aroma wafts away, it becomes very floral and mineral. There is definite orange blossom with a hint of nectarine and yeastiness. In the mouth there is a slight sourness and a bit of wet stone. The flavors and scents are not very intense, but they are noticeable and pleasant. The wine is crisp with a slender body. Its not thin, but it isn't what I would consider to be medium for a white wine. The acid is definitely there, but it isn't overpowering. It is in good balance with the 12.5% alcohol. The finish is of medium length that draws out into a slight white pepper.

I have heard great things about Grüner Veltliner, but this one didn't live up to the hype.  It was still quite good for the price.

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