Maker: St. Julian, Paw Paw, Michigan, USA
Grape: Grüner Veltliner (at least 75%)
Place of origin: Oxley Estate vineyard, Michigan, USA.
Price: $22 (Tasting Room)
Appearance: Light gold.
Nose: Cut orange, butter, peach.
Palate: Medium-bodied. More peach, navel orange.
Finish: Dry. Peach cobbler.
Parting words: Grüner Veltliner is a wine most closely with Austria. Like Austrian Riesling, GruV is usually made in a dry, austere, style. Most domestic ones are made in the same style, or at least close to it.
This Grüner is different, though. If Austrian GruV is Chablis, this one is Sonoma. It has those dry-ish fruit notes, but there’s buttery and biscuity aromas as well. Maybe there was some lees contact or less than neutral oak used in making this wine, I’m not sure. Whatever it was, the result is surprising but pleasant.
It’s not the summertime quaffer I expected, but maybe this is a better style for the fall. 2018 St. Julian Grüner Veltliner is recommended.