WTN: 2004 Salomon Undhof Wieden Tradition Grüner Veltliner

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WTN: 2004 Salomon Undhof Wieden Tradition Grüner Veltliner

Postby Paul B. » Thu Mar 23, 2006 2:38 am

Cross-posting this from the (old?) Netscape forum:

WTN: 2004 Salomon Undhof Wieden Tradition Grüner Veltliner

12% alc. Brilliantly clear, deep straw colour with greenish-gold glints and a lot of youthful pétillance. Plenty of crisp green-apple fruit with every swirl, coupled with a bit of quince and some pineappley esters. Powerfully crisp and acidic on the entry with some more prickly carbonation and an utterly bone-dry texture - exactly the way I like all my whites. Intensely nervy, palate-cleansing acidity; plenty of no-nonsense structural firmness. Minerally on the mid-palate with excellent purity and gorgeous dryness. I wish that more of our Eastern North American whites were made in such a style and not in that wimpy, slightly off-dry mould that is so pervasive. Some white-pepper spice here on the mid-palate, though it's in the background; what I get is plenty of zesty grapefruit rind on the mid-palate, just as the finish begins. The finish is short, but this is nevertheless an excellent food wine and palate cleanser.

Grüner Veltliner is one of my favourite white vinifera grapes. There is something so amazingly Austrian and fantastically Central European about it. Although my quintessential match with Grüner is breaded Wiener Schnitzel with veggies and shredded cabbage, I had this one with a pork tenderloin roast and it was excellent.
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Re: TN: 2004 Salomon Undhof Wieden Tradition Grüner Veltline

Postby Randy Buckner » Thu Mar 23, 2006 2:45 am

Grüner Veltliner is one of my favourite white vinifera grapes.


Glad to see you are venturing out. GV is a very versatile wine.
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Re: TN: 2004 Salomon Undhof Wieden Tradition Grüner Veltline

Postby Paul B. » Thu Mar 23, 2006 4:28 pm

Yup - this one was boldly acidic and powerful wine on the palate. I have always preferred whites with structure and powerful acidity to those that are even just a tad off-dry. My next assignment will be to buy some Chablis and Alsatian dry Muscat (if I can find any in Ontario).
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Re: TN: 2004 Salomon Undhof Wieden Tradition Grüner Veltline

Postby Marc D » Wed Mar 29, 2006 8:46 pm

Hi Paul

I opened an 04 GV from Salomon a few weeks ago and it had a very nifty glass stopper in place of the cork. It was the first time I've run across this. Did your bottle have cork or glass?

Great note on the wine. I haven't had a bad 04 GV yet, most have been good to excellent.
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Re: TN: 2004 Salomon Undhof Wieden Tradition Grüner Veltline

Postby Paul B. » Wed Mar 29, 2006 11:25 pm

Marc, it was a standard, high-quality solid cork. I didn't know they have some other fancy closure.
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glass cork

Postby Dan Donahue » Thu Mar 30, 2006 12:08 am

I just picked up a bottle of '04 Sineann Champoux Cab Franc that comes with a glass cork. I understand that they are resealable. I'm not sure how they age, but it is an interesting alternative.

BTW Loimer basic cuvee GV comes in Stelvin.
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