2015 Bernhard Ott "Rosenberg" 1ÖTW Grüner Veltliner Wagram (Biodynamic) SKU #1310453


RP 94-96 VN 94-95 WE 93
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  • David Driscoll
    By: David Driscoll
    K&L Staff Member
    Gruner Veltliner, especially at $50 bottle, is often the pride of sommeliers and restaurant owners with its food friendly flavors and crisp, vibrant acidity, but it rarely registers on the radar in the retail game. With cases of California Chardonnay moving out the door at a breathless pace, there aren't loads of American white wine drinkers looking for expensive, esoteric options from the Wachau. However, if you're feeling adventurous today and you want to spend on something truly dynamic, engaging, and thrilling on an intellectual level, as well as just flat out delicious, then grab yourself a bottle of this 2015 Rosenberg release from one of the region's standout producers: Bernhardt Ott. This is like first-growth level GV with incredibly complex flavors of citrus and stone fruit, piecing minerality, and acidity that cleans your palate on the finish with a wave of richness on the back end. It's an outstanding bottle from front to back, but you've got to take the plunge first. Gruner isn't just for sommeliers and wine geeks, but for the time being they're getting all the good stuff!!
  • Morgan Laurie
    By: Morgan Laurie
    K&L Staff Member
    This is undoubtedly in the top three of all the Gruner Veltliner's I've ever tasted. It's complex, precise and elegant. Bernhard Ott is a certified biodynamic grower/producer and this Gruner is a handpicked selection from his oldest vines, which are upwards of 60 years old. It starts with white pepper, moves into some greener notes of snap peas and fern, then comes back around to yellow plums, grapefruit zest and orange blossoms, which is a beautiful note that came across on the palate as well. It's bright, fresh and intriguing and I want to drink more of it immediately!
  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    K&L Staff Member
    Simply one of the most profound wines I've come across in a long time. This is a truly special reflection of varietal and place. Bernhard Ott (known to many as Mr. Gruner Veltliner) selects only the oldest (60+yr) vines from the "Grand Cru" site of Rosenberg for this very limited bottling. Whilst some of the reviews featured in this offering correctly draw comparisons between this wines quality and those of the greatest, most revered wines of the Wachau, its style is very different to the Prager, Knoll and Pichler wines. Whilst having just as much intensity and power Bernhard's wines are more focused, bone dry, and have searing mineral acidity. They are long and drawn out on the palate versus the uber-ripe, round Smaragd style. Think of it like the contrast between and big, rich, creamy California Chardonnay (more typical of the Wachau Smaragd style) and a fine, mineral driven Grand Cru Chablis (Ott's Rosenberg style). The amazing thing here is that this prolific wine, gown on old vines, in one of Austria's most heralded vineyard sites, from perhaps the best vintage in decades...is under $50!?
    Top Value! Drink from 2018 to 2038


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