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Palate Press Wine of the Week: 2009 Syncline Grüner Veltliner

Clear, bright, medium-plus lemon yellow with green tinges. Clean, medium intensity aromatics, citrus (lemon, lime, pithy), stone fruit (peach pit), melon, green apple, wet rocks. Dry, medium body, medium-plus to high acidity, medium alcohol, green apple skin, peach pit, lime zest, tropical fruit (grilled pineapple); medium-long finish. This wine was definitely a good price-quality value and would do well with a variety of foods. Given the acidity, fats and cream sauces come to mind, but I personally would prefer something that had a bright citrus and fresh herb combination—I’m thinking grapefruit and cilantro, or a zesty mignonette and some ice cold oysters.
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2009 Syncline Grüner Veltliner

Clear, bright, medium-plus lemon yellow with green tinges. Clean, medium intensity aromatics, citrus (lemon, lime, pithy), stone fruit (peach pit), melon, green apple, wet rocks. Dry, medium body, medium-plus to high acidity, medium alcohol, green apple skin, peach pit, lime zest, tropical fruit (grilled pineapple); medium-long finish. This wine was definitely a good price-quality value and would do well with a variety of foods. Given the acidity, fats and cream sauces come to mind, but I personally would prefer something that had a bright citrus and fresh herb combination—I’m thinking grapefruit and cilantro, or a zesty mignonette and some ice cold oysters.
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2006 Weinrieder Grüner Veltliner Alte Reben

This is an excellent example of just how good a Grüner Veltliner can be. Light gold in color, with a nose of white pepper and faint aromas of apple and pear; the taste is rich, creamy and unctuous. Pineapple, apricot and pear flavors dominate, with some vanilla notes chiming in here and there.The finish is long and starts off as pineapple tapering off to a very pleasant caramelized sugar taste.