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2012 Brunn Gruner Veltliner 

Niederosterreich, Austria

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Retail $14-$17

This squat bottle with the soda cap closure holds one liter, but even better than the value is the exceptional example of Austria's most prominent and productive varietal, gruner veltliner. Grapes were sourced from Lower Austria's Weinland region in the Niederosterreich sub-appellation. Brunn is a small, family-owned and -operated winery that uses 100 percent estate-grown fruit. After harvest, the grapes go into one of Europe's oldest (dating from 1564) traditional basket presses. Fermentation in small tanks with native yeasts is followed by maturation in barrels and large neutral vats in subterranean cellars. This light- to medium-bodied wine is appreciated for its acidity and alluring aromas. In the glass, the wine offers a floral bouquet with minerality and melon. On the palate, taste green apple, citrus, spice and a crisp, tart finish. Drink it with pork, chicken, tuna, salmon, shellfish, soft cheeses and vegetables such as broccoli, asparagus, artichokes and cauliflower. Buy it at: Swirl Wine Bar and Market, Pearl Wine Co., Faubourg Wines, Bacchanal and Rouses on Baronne Street, North Carrollton Avenue and Airline Drive in Metairie. Drink it at: Luke, Basin Seafood and Spirits, The Tasting Room and Bridge Lounge. — BRENDA MAITLAND

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