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Bauer Gruner Veltliner "Katharina"

$17.99

Joe Bauer crafts this cuvee, named for his daughter, from vines growing on pure, calcium and clay-rich, loess soils on different parts of the hill.  He picks some of these sites early to maximize crispness and green, tangy, fruit notes.  Others are harvested late for maximum ripeness, more exotic fruit, and density on the palate.  A complex formula leads to a complex wine, layered with notes of pineapple, Clementine, apricot, Golden Delicious, green herb and dusty white pepper.  The texture is rich and luxurious, sitting on your tongue with good weight balanced by dusty, crushed stone, minerality.  The finish is simply endless, coating your palate and leaving pops of fruit, mineral, pepper and more to savor on and on.  A great seafood sausage would be great here, although most anything fried or with a bit of cream sauce would satisfy.

 

Wine Enthusiast: 90 Points

"This wine's ripe Conference pear aromas get their full billing on the juicy, pear-flavored and wonderfully fresh palate. Lemony zestiness tingles along, with a little white pepper-like spice. The finish is lip-smacking, fresh and dry."