Tasting Note                         

92+   2011  Carlisle  Steiner Vineyard  Gruner Veltliner (Sonoma Mountain)   7/14/13 ($33)

   14.1% alc
Color: Light gold. (3.0) Bouquet: Precise, restrained yellow grapefruit and ground almonds with ginger and lycee nut highlights. (3.5) Body: Solid middleweight with excellent fruit and acidity. Rich, tangy mouthfeel. (3.0) Flavor: Parallels bouquet. Expressive, elegant, concentrated and delicious. (3.5) Finish: Long, but subtle with mineral and elegant fruit fading into the distance. Pretty. (3.0)
Overall: Another serious, change of pace white from Carlisle. Their single vineyard whites show the same great quality and character as their single vineyard reds. And all from a winemaker who never had any intension or interest in making white wine, or so he says. This one shows restraint and elegance in its expressive yellow grapefruit and lycee nut combined with ginger and ground almonds. Mineral-infused acidity propels it all. Very much like you'd expect from a top notch Austrian Gruner. Drink now and in the next 5 years. (16.0)

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