Today we check out a 2009 gruner veltliner from Austria that cost me $13 at Premier Wine in Wilmington, Delaware. But you get a full 1 liter instead of the usual 0.75-liter bottle, so think of it as a $9.75 wine.
This more-for-the-money white wine is delicious and PERFECT for summer. It’s light. It’s refreshing. It has hints of vanilla and minerality. But mostly it’s honeysuckle, melon and zingy citrus that will be cooling off your taste buds. A nice balance of mellow sweetness against tangy lime, this uncommon grape with the funny name sort of tastes like a cross between pinot grigio and sauvignon blanc. It’s more dry than sweet.
The floral aroma is lovely — and on day 2 it actually brought a tear to my eye, by reminding me strongly of a smell I enjoyed at summer camp when I was just 5. (I’m still not sure what that aroma was, but it might have been simply the grass we played on.) It’s not a “great” wine, but being light, refreshing, and coming in a full liter bottle, Schloss Kinzer is definitely a party wine. I liked this Austrian the moment I tasted it at the store. It is: