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Joel Gott Gruner Veltliner 2019

Gruner Veltliner
White Wine

Columbia Gorge is a wine region (AVA) at the western edge of the larger Columbia Valley AVA, encompassing land in both Washington and Oregon. The boundaries of the AVA run along the Columbia River from Hood River in the west to Lyle in the east, a distance of about 15 miles (25km).


Classic Grüner Veltliner wines show citrus aromas (lemon peel and grapefruit) complemented by stone fruit and fresh vegetal notes and the variety's trademark hint of white pepper. But within this there are two key styles of Grüner Veltliner wine.


The first – lighter, fresher and focused on minerality and citrus character – is typical of Weinviertel. The wine often bottled with a slight spritz, to lift the wine and emphasize its fresh, fruity notes.


The second style – spicier, weightier and more complex – is embodied by the top wines from the warmer Wachau, Kremstal and Kamptal regions. These wines are richly textured and well structured, and require several years in bottle before reaching developed maturity. While most wines from this grape variety are fermented and aged in stainless steel or large old oak casks, some modern-styled weightier examples might be made using smaller new oak barrels.


With time they soften and take in honeyed, marmalade-like characteristics that match their attractive, deep golden hue. Some writers have noted similarities with mature white Burgundy. The bigger wines combine naturally high acidity and full-bodied texture making them a versatile and exotic alternative to Chardonnay.

The Winery

Joel Gott Wines is a wine company based in St Helena, California, making a broad range of wine from California, Oregon and Washington. It is known for its multi-vineyard and multi-region wines that emphasize varietal character. Since 2009 it has operated with logistical and distribution support from Trinchero Family Estates.

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