2005 Leth Grüner Veltliner Qualitätswein Trocken Donauland Steinagrund Lagenreserve

Wow. Look at that name up in the title. Say that 10 times fast for me and I’ll buy you a bottle of it. You have to hand it to the Germans and the Austrians. They make things as simple as a grape sound so difficult that people tend to be bullied into avoiding them. It’s a shame though. The wines kinda’ rock.

You know how I would describe this wine? I would use a fashion or design-like term – clean. It’s crisp, balanced and very European. It’s actually a style of white I really enjoy. The nose lets on a sly bit of honeyed lemon and stone. A sip opens up a citrus-y bit of grapefruit in a tux draped on a rock along with a dribble of honey. If you let it warm up a bit, it takes on a sexy peach and apricot edge. The finish is crisp and clean with no caffeine – sorry, that was an 80’s flashback to a 7-Up commercial. Remember that one? The guy with the Jamaican accent?..

OK, back to the wine. It’s a warm weather wine or a wine for some food. I really like it. If you like a crisp Riesling, you’ll like this and it pairs with so many foods (goat cheese, spicy food, a summer salad, etc.) that you almost can’t miss.

Dive into Grüner folks.

$28 at Kitsilano Wine Cellars.

4 stars

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