Biohof Pratsch Grüner Veltliner 2014
Grapes: Grüner Veltliner
Every once in awhile, a little wine comes along and crosses your lips, flows across the tongue and slips down the throat with such grace and ease it makes you want to toss aside the rest of the day and indulge in the whole bottle. Unfortunately, I first experienced this treasure at 11:30 on a Tuesday morning, and so had to exercise some adult-like responsible behavior. #Whatever #Lame
Moving along to one of Austria's most delicious examples of its signature white grape, the Prastch Grüner Veltliner 2014is bright and friendly with pear fruit and sunshine. Yes, I wrote "sunshine" in my little wine notebook. So you see how ready I was to spend the day outdoors with a heady buzz. Also in the notes: good acid yet mellow, full flavor through the finish. Hint of white pepper gives it a delightful spiciness.
For those new to the grape, it's pronounced something like [GREW ner VELT lee ner]. Got it? It's often called "grüner" for short. The Pratsch winery has been growing grapes on their farm for eight generations. They sold off the livestock in the early 80s to focus exclusively on winemaking and, a decade later, converted all the vineyards to organic farming practices. Today, the winery is certified organic and run by the handsome young Stefan Pratsch, who looks about two days past 18.
Grab yourself a liter (Austria's standard wine size) and please, allow yourself the freedom to toss aside all commitments. Turning your back on the fun just makes you feel old.