Friday, June 4, 2010

Roter Veltliner

This was the first wine at the lobster fest, opened and gone well before the lobsters were even cooked.  Hey, the kitchen staff has to have sustenance!

This was also the first time to taste and drink a Roter Veltliner, in this case a 2006 Leth Scheiben Lagenreserve.  Very aromatic with some resemblance to Gruner Veltliner but more of a stone fruit, unripe peach aspect to it. The taste was grassy and fruity.   Good acid, but still somewhat soft.  Finish was a bit short.  The bottom line to me was that it was a coarse version of Gruner and for the same price I'll stick with the better and more available wine.  Still, I would try a couple more Roters because I hate passing judgment based on one bottle.

1 comment:

Constance C said...

Hi Dan -

I'm happy to see you enjoyed the Roter Veltliner - it seems like you know, but just for reference Roter Veltliner and Gruner are actually completely different grapes! Both just happen to be from Austria with a common "Veltliner" in their name.

That being said, you really can't compare the two on an even plane - just have to take both for what they are! : )