Friday, March 23, 2012

Spring Has Sprung

If nothing else, I'm having to come to grips with just how far I'm behind with my posts. We'd opened this bottle as a bit of inspiration for the appearance of Spring - even if that appearance was by the calendar only as the weather may not yet actually qualify as Spring-like- and here I am not actually posting it until much later. Back then, the thought was that if the weather had yet to leave the local mountains awash in field flowers - such that you could dance and sing your way through meadows à la Julia Andrews - at least this wine might conjure up some Spring-like tasting notes.

1086. 2009 Laurenz und Sophie - Singing Grüner Veltliner (Austria)

Neither Austrian wines, nor Grüner Veltliner varietal wines, have made much of an appearance on The List. The 2005 vintage of this wine was an early addition at #50; however, a quick perusal of The List shows that a total of only four Austrian wines have been previously added - this will the fifth - two of which have been Grüner Veltliners and two have been Rieslings.

Indeed, I re-read my posting (from almost three years ago now) of the 2005 bottle and not a whole lot seems to have changed. G.V. is still produced almost exclusively by Austrian wineries and its production still outpaces any other varietal in the country by quite a margin.

Laurenz und Sophie remains quite a new outing for the Moser family. Although the family is in its fifth generation of winemaking, this current partnership was only started in 2005. The winery concentrates solely on the production of Grüner and part of its stated vision is to "support the variety on its way to well-deserved international repute." Their wines are now exported to 39 countries and they have attracted notice - and praise - from many of the bigger forces in wine media. One example being that, Internet wine star, Gary Vaynerchuk, is quoted as detecting "a little burnt tire-meets-apple pudding" with this vintage. I'll point out that Vaynerchuk is never shy with his tasting notes and this was part of a positive review that also declared "impressive complexity and a pretty interesting bottle of Grüner."

You won't find me trying to compete with Vaynerchuck on tasting notes, I simply thought that - seeing as how Grüner is often compared and contrasted with Riesling and/or Pinot Gris - the bottle might match up nicely to butter chicken. We figured it did just fine.

As for the hold-up in finally getting around to posting this bottle, I suppose that, if you're looking for a brighter - or a glass half full - side to the story, the delay with this entry has seen some marginal improvement to the weather. There's certainly plenty of flower action to be seen presently here in Vancouver. Here's hoping that the new season will see some of my creative juices flowing - and a whack of wines being posted and added to The List - as opposed to my showing up on You Tube running through hills that are alive with the sound of music.

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