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Anton Bauer Gruner Veltliner Gmork 2014 Product #29889 (In Stock)
Anton Bauer Gruner Veltliner Gmork 2014 Anton Bauer Gruner Veltliner Gmork 2014

The Gmörk vineyard lies on loess and gravel soils in Austria’s excellent Wagram region.  There’s plenty of sunny warmth in this South-facing site, so the fruit ripens beautifully.  But the nearby Danube river channels cool air down from the Northwest, slowing the growing cycle and letting the grapes develop extra flavor and aroma while retaining fine freshness and acidity.  Anton has all the grapes harvested by hand at the peak of ripeness, even taking on the extra cost of making multiple passes through the vineyard when necessary.  It’s hard work and the kind of expense you rarely see in a Grüner intended to sell for under $20.

2014 was a tough vintage in most of Austria, but with careful work in the vineyard and winery, the folks at Anton Bauer were able to produce a vibrant, fresh Gruner for us to enjoy all fall long. Aromas of pear, green peach, and wet stone invite you to take a sip and enjoy the juicy acidity and hint of Gruner's signature white pepper on the finish.


"A subtle nose of lemon leads to a chorus of zesty, citrusy freshness: rind of lemon, grapefruit and mandarin make for a streamlined, concentrated and incredibly refreshing palate with a tangy moreishness. The purity of this wine shines. This is lovely now but will develop through 2020."Wine Enthusiast 91 points

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Netzl Rosanna Rose Carnuntum 2015 Product #30644 (In Stock)
Netzl Rosanna Rose Carnuntum 2015 Netzl Rosanna Rose Carnuntum 2015

Christiana Netzl made Austria's red wine of the year for 2015 (the captivating Cuvee Anna Christina 2013 blend of Blaufrankisch and Cabernet Sauvignon), but that didn't distract her from growing some pretty amazing grapes for rosé! This delicious Provencal taste-alike is a blend of Merlot (for herb and spice) and Austria's own Zweigelt (for juicy fruit and fun!), all harvested and pressed just for rosé.

The Carnuntum region shares Provence's warm days courtesy of the warm breeze blowing in daily from the central Eurasia plain, but gets a nightly dose of cool air from the Danube River to the north.  Hot and cool equals a fine fruit and acid balance here in a wine that pumps out generous cherry, red berry and red plum fruit aromas and flavors with a just right whiff of Merlot's vibrant herb.  Generous flavors of strawberry and watermelon shine on the long, dry, but frankly fruity finish.  Serve up some schnitzel!

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Hillinger Secco NV Product #20714 (In Stock)
Hillinger Secco NV Hillinger Secco NV

Gently sparkling with fine fruit: that's the Hillinger Secco, the winery's light pink creation of 100% Pinot Noir grapes. This is easily the best (and most dry) release yet. Pretty in the glass and loaded with aromas and flavors of tangy strawberry, cranberry and cherry fruit.  Juicy and refreshingly dry on the tangy finish, this would be a great brunch or warm afternoon drink!

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Tinhof Bio Blanc Burgenland 2014 Product #29945 (In Stock)
Tinhof Bio Blanc Burgenland 2014 Tinhof Bio Blanc Burgenland 2014

Ok, stay with us on this one.  From Austria, this a blend of organically grown Gruner Veltliner (50%), Pinot Blanc (20%), and Neuburger (30%), an Austrian crossing of Sylvaner and Roter Veltliner.  Forget the blend, though - it's really just a crackling fresh and delicious everyday white that pumps out generous amounts of lemon, lime, and tangerine fruit with a tiny dash of mineralty and big load of charm.  A fun, refreshing, poolside or back deck sipper at a nice, friendly, price.

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Tegernseerhof Gruner Veltliner T26 Federspiel 2015 Product #30655 (In Stock)
Tegernseerhof Gruner Veltliner T26 Federspiel 2015 Tegernseerhof Gruner Veltliner T26 Federspiel 2015

Wow - just plain wow.  If you want to know why 2015 could be one of the greatest vintages ever for Austria's Grüner Veltliner, just try this.  The T26 Grüner comes from a small vineyard – called Frauenweingarten – not far from the winding Danube river in Wachau.  While others might declare this as a named single-vineyard wine and sell it for $25+, Martin feels it’s not quite distinguished enough for that honor.  But, when his importer, Klaus Wittauer, first tasted it from tank (number 26 in the winery), he convinced Marin to bottle it separately – and T26 Grüner was born.

Wachau Grüner has the potential to deliver more volume, richness and intensity than wines from nearby Kamptal, and that’s certainly what you’ll find here.  You can almost smell the concentration in the big aromas of fresh apple, sweet pea, crisp pear, sweet peach, and dusty white pepper. Take a sip and you’ll find it rich and loaded with extract on the palate where tangy pineapple, ripe stone fruit and crushed rock mineral notes fill and coat your mouth with intense flavor.  Sweet spice notes emerge with air and weave in and out of the long, dry, selzer-like, finish.  Stunning stuff that you'd pay $30-$50 for at better known Austrian estates.  It will pair beautifully with fresh asparagus – one of the few wines that works! – and delight with fresh fish, light poultry, and nutty lentil salad dishes.

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Hillinger Pinot Gris 2013 Product #29323 (In Stock)
Hillinger Pinot Gris 2013 Hillinger Pinot Gris 2013

Our first thought when tasting this Pinot Gris was “wow!”  This intensely flavored white from Austria’s Burgenland, an area mostly known for reds, is no wussy, bland Pinot Grigio.  It’s hand-harvested and fermented in stainless steel tanks with a bit more skin contact than is usual for a white wine.  This allows the wine to pick up more color and flavor from the grapes’ grayish-pink skins.  The aromas are enormously appealing and perfect for fall – pear, nutmeg, ripe, golden apple, and a little hint of ginger.

About 5% of the wine is fermented in used barriques, rounding out the wine’s edges, and giving that sophisticated hint of spice to its flavor profile.  On the palate, those delicious spicy pear flavors carry through.  This wine packs a ton of richness and flavor into a very reasonable 13% ABV.  It finishes snappy and fresh, and that little bit of ginger kicks right back in.  This is the perfect cocktail party white to get everyone’s mouth watering, but its intensity and weight allows it to stand up to pretty robust food.

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Steininger Gruner Veltliner Kamptal 2014 Product #29941 (In Stock)
Steininger Gruner Veltliner  Kamptal 2014 Steininger Gruner Veltliner  Kamptal 2014

Like its stablemate “Grand Grü,” which we feature every year around Thanksgiving, Karl and Brigitta Steininger’s all tank Kamptal Grüner has been a staff and customer favorite here for years.  Start with the wonderful, summery, aromatics of yellow peach, peach skin, and wet stone minerality that really jump out of the glass.  Then notice the ripe fruit flavors – peach puree, yellow pear, apricot and golden apple – framed with touches of baking spice, citrus zest, and river stone.  Finally, enjoy how the peach turns tangy and a touch of lime and green apple come out on the finish and make your mouth water and face break out into a smile.  All this flavor intensity in a wine that hovers comfortably around 13% abv and costs much, much, less than you’d expect.

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Hollerer Gruner Veltliner Kamptal Ganslagraben 2014 Product #29983 (In Stock)
Hollerer Gruner Veltliner Kamptal Ganslagraben 2014 Hollerer Gruner Veltliner Kamptal Ganslagraben 2014

Everything we love about Austrian Gruner Veltliner is on display here, including a price about $10 less than the wine is worth!  Aromas and flavors are all about Gruner's classic apple, under-ripe pineapple, and stone fruit notes with accents of green pea, fresh herb, and white pepper.  Nice intensity, but no hard edges, here in a wine that finishes with a burst of selzer-like minerality and loads of ripe, juicy, fruit.  Fun and fine.

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Tinhof Zwei Wild Boar 2012 Product #30267 (In Stock)
Tinhof Zwei Wild Boar 2012 Tinhof Zwei Wild Boar 2012

Organic Grapes. A juicy, gulpable, Austrian red blend that will shine even with all-American meals!  The name "Zwei" refers to the two grapes - Zweigelt and Blaufrankisch - and the boar honors this tenacious vineyard pest. Bursting with briary blackberry and black cherry fruit and fun accents of lavender and spice, this has the zesty fruitiness of a Zinfandel with less alcohol (13.5%) and a more refreshing finish.

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Anton Bauer Riesling Berg 2014 Product #30507 (In Stock)
Anton Bauer Riesling Berg 2014 Anton Bauer Riesling Berg 2014

A great introduction to the joys (and stellar value) of Riesling from Austria.  From a stony vineyard, this ultra pure and clean Riesling delivers intense aromas and flavors of ripe peach, lime zest, and fresh apricot with stony mineral notes and brisk, mouth-cleansing, acidity.  A touch of spice on the juicy finish makes this a great choice for Thanksgiving - but once you've tried this bright but easy-drinking white, you'll find yourself reaching for it again and again.

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Steininger Gruner Veltliner Sekt 2013 Product #29735 (In Stock)
Steininger Gruner Veltliner Sekt 2013 Steininger Gruner Veltliner Sekt 2013

So, what happens when you take a great still wine – in this case, the 2013 Grüner Veltliner Kamptal– and give it a little fizz?  Pure joy ensues!

Steininger is Kamptal’s top producer of sparkling wines and one of the very best in all of Austria.  The family specializes in single varietal, single vintage, fizz that showcases the character of the grape and growing season.  The 2013 Grüner Veltliner Sekt is a beauty, at once creamy and full of classic Grüner fruit and terrifically dry and vibrant.  The in-bottle secondary fermentation delivers plenty of fizz, but this still reads “Grüner” with bright apple, green pea, and white pepper notes.  Easy to sip on its own and fun to pair with savory sausage or freshwater fish.

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Steininger Gruner Veltliner Grand Gru 2013 Product #29611 (In Stock)
Steininger Gruner Veltliner Grand Gru 2013 Steininger Gruner Veltliner Grand Gru 2013

Karl and Eva Steininger make a range of delicious wines from Austria’s best white grape, and they intend the Grand Grü to be the top of their line.  The name is a fun play on words – evoking both the French concept of “Grand Cru” quality and the Steininger’s belief that this is a “Grand” Grüner Veltliner!  Fruit for this wine comes from the Steininger’s best vineyard and is harvested in very late September or October.  The ripe fruit ferments in stainless steel and then goes into large Acacia wood casks for malolactic fermentation and aging.

Pour a glass and you’ll meet generous aromas of creamy ripe pear, peach, and apricot.  Take a sip and you’ll find autumn fruits – golden pear and apple – plus lime zest and citrus with a dash of baking spice and hints of classing Grüner white pepper.  The texture is creamy and rich with plenty of acidity to keep things fresh and refreshing.  The finish is long, mouthwatering, and features a hint of lime, ginger and spice as it lingers.  Rich and round enough to handle the full range of Thanksgiving Dinner favorites and clean and juicy enough to keep you coming back for more.

"Seriously savory watercress and yeast notes take the aromatic lead. The palate follows suit with pepperiness and lemony, citric verve. Zippy, lively and fresh, but with weight and resonance."Wine Enthusiast 90 points

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Steindorfer Apetlon Rouge Burgenland 2013 Product #30424 (In Stock)
Steindorfer Apetlon Rouge Burgenland 2013 Steindorfer Apetlon Rouge Burgenland 2013

This hasn't yet pulled down the 93 point rating the 2012 did, so you'll just need to trust us here:  this is one very delicious wine. It's equal parts Blaufrankisch, St. Laurent, and Zweigelt, all aged 12 months in oak and drinks like some kind of Pinot Noir/Syrah blend.  Roasted strawberry and blackberry fruit with shadings of exotic spice, dark chocolate, and earth get even better as hints of lavender and licorice emerge with air.  The sweet, tangy, fruit pumps out through a finish supported by fine tannins and leaving notes of chocolate, spice, and fruit lingering behind.  It’s juicy and fruit-filled enough to handle sausages or burgers and has enough rich earth, chocolate and crisp tannins to excel with lamb.

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Tegernseerhof Weissenkirchner Zwerthaler 2011 Product #30622 (In Stock)
Tegernseerhof Weissenkirchner Zwerthaler 2011 Tegernseerhof Weissenkirchner Zwerthaler 2011

From a nearly vertical terraced vineyard planted 70-100 years ago, this field blend of Gruner, Riesling, and more will take your breath away.

"This wine is sourced from a field blend of old vines grown on steep slopes behind Weissenkirchen. It has a very crisp character that's tight and mineral in style. Aromatic, spicy, herbal and perfumed, it needs time to open up and is still very young. Drink from 2016."Wine Enthusiast 94 points

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Steininger Gruner Veltliner Kittmannsberg Reserve 2014 Product #30425 (In Stock)
Steininger Gruner Veltliner Kittmannsberg Reserve 2014 Steininger Gruner Veltliner Kittmannsberg Reserve 2014

Is anyone in Austria making better Grüner Veltliner than Karl and Brigitta Steininger right now?  I don’t know for sure, but I guarantee that no one is making better Grüner for the money than these rising Kamptal superstars and, for my money, this is the best wine they make.

It serves up wild aromatics of white and stone fruit, exotic spice, white pepper and a hint of caramel.  All those notes and more pour out across your palate in a rich wine with fine density and amazing cut, vibrancy, and drive.  The finish is wonderfully long, leaving mouthwatering fresh fruits, white pepper, and a touch of lemon zest lingering. A brilliant follow-up to the 92 point 2013!

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Rudi Pichler Gruner Veltliner Federspiel 2013 Product #29477 (In Stock)
Rudi Pichler Gruner Veltliner Federspiel 2013 Rudi Pichler Gruner Veltliner Federspiel 2013

A terrific new release from one of Austria's top white wine houses that easily matches the 92 point 2012 in quality with even more vivid, vibrant, fruit.  Aromas of fresh citrus, green apple, lemon oil, and dried flowers lead to flavors of cut apple, white grapefruit, white pepper, crushed stone and more.  It's dry and focused from beginning to end, driving to an intensely mineral and citrus finish.

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Steininger Sauvignon Blanc Sekt 2013 Product #29782 (In Stock)
Steininger Sauvignon Blanc Sekt 2013 Steininger Sauvignon Blanc Sekt 2013

The Steininger family is best known here for their snappy, dry, and still Gruner Veltliner and Rieslings.  In Austria, though, they're also known as one of the premier sources of fine Champagne-method sparkling wines.  We've enjoyed their Gruner Veltliner fizz for years, and this fruit-filled Sauvignon Blanc sparkler is just too much fun (and far too delicious) to let the Austrian's monopolize!  You'll find loads of ripe, refreshing, Sauvignon Blanc character here, with zesty pink and white grapefruit, green melon, fresh apple, and a hint of fresh cut grass aromas and flavors.  The secondary fermentation in bottle and aging on the lees adds a touch of depth in the form of hints of toast and yeast and - of course - plenty of zippy bubbles. Everything comes together on a fruit-filled, mouthwatering, finish.  About as much fun as a bottle of wine can be and a perfect pool-side refresher.

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