Juan Gill Montestrall 2006

Friday, November 13, 2009

I had this over dinner with friends, so there was no tasting notes. However, it was capitol "D" Delicious. Get your bones down to Pete's and buy some on the cheap (well kinds cheap - its about $15 a bottle). Do it.

Schloss Gobelsburg 2005 Güner Veltliner

Thursday, November 12, 2009


I feel that I am like many people out there who drink "wine" and by wine I mean "red wine." Whites, in general (not to mention rosés) don't make it to the table very often. Despite the fact that I am trying to change that fact, there it is. I don't drink a lot of whites.


In fact, when I drink wine in general I am usually hit with one of two strong memories. One, being at any of my families notoriously boring weddings (or "get-togethers") and eventually, desperate for entertainment, try some repulsive Chardonnay. Not to say my family has bad taste, they just have bad taste in wine -- from the perspective of an 11 year-old. Two, sneaking little juice glasses of Columbia Valley Merlot from my parents pantry and wondering why it was so hard to build and acquired taste for this horrid juice.


While this particular wine doesn't make either of the aforementioned categories I couldn't help a tiny shiver of nostalgia upon uncorking the bottle of Grüner.


The Nose:

Very interesting light nose with scents of white flowers, lemon rind, unripe mellon, and dust. You can just tell by smelling this that its going to be dry, but the anticipation draws the glass to the mouth.


The Palate:

Rather delicious, I drank this at room temperature and later chilled the last bit to compare and I feel that it performed better at room temp. Right on the attack this wine brought flavors of lemon and satsuma rind the mid-palate was minerally with continued lemon and hints of mellon. The acidity was great, not overbearing like its going to rip off your tongue, but a kind of "standing acidity" that makes this wine formidable for a meal and more than drinkable alone.


I found this half-bottle a McCarthey and Shiering's in Seattle for $12 (I believe) which (God-bless half bottles) makes it a painless introduction to the glorious Austrian grape, Günter Veltliner.

Juan Gill Montestrall 2006

Friday, November 13, 2009
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Schloss Gobelsburg 2005 Güner Veltliner

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