It’s been some time since our last wine club meet, and so for the sake of sustainability we had a bit of a membership drive last night. With 14 in attendance, including new friends and old, we had a lot of catching up and socializing to do…oh yeah, and we drank a few bottles of Grüner Veltliner, though you wouldn’t know it from the looks of my notes, which contain more scribblings of summer plans (camping at Cedar Point on the South Fork!) than reflections on the bottles we drank.
However, by the end of the night, after tasting through 10+ wines, the reason for my lack of notes became clear. Most of the bottles were of the 2009 vintage, and not so interesting. Lots of residual sugar inspired viscosity, flabbiness, and low acidity…hardly fodder for an interesting conversation. When shopping for wines I was on the lookout for Nigl 2010, after having sampled it at the Terry Theise tasting, where I learned that 2010 in Austria was a difficult yet delicious year. And so, it’s no surprise that that only wines worth noting last night were those of the 2010 vintage.
A big fan of the Tegernseerhof Zweigelt Rosé, I was eager to taste the T26 Grüner Veltliner 2010, which didn’t disappoint. Heavy on the minerality and green apple fruit, accompanied by a subtle note of smoke, the acidity in the glass soared high enough to tickle my palate and dictate my notes.
The only other wine worth noting was the Wimmer Czerny GV Fumberg 2010, a Demeter certified biodynamic wine from along the Danube in Wagram, just 50 miles west of Vienna. With acidity so scorchingly high it’s both biting and inviting, the Wimmer Czerny GV is lean and clean and made with natural yeast.
It was a delightful evening, that began with my winning the lottery for the 2011 NYC Marathon!
I’m happy to welcome our new members while offering a big shout out to Alex who cured my crippling pain by walking on my back.
For those interested in Austria’s 2010 vintage, visit Austria Uncorked on May 4th.