Zocker 2012 Gruner Veltliner, Edna Valley

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On February 5, 2014
Last modified:April 3, 2014


This bottling by Zocker offers great pleasure, but is in a league all its own.

Zocker, which is the Austria word for “gambler”, is a new project by the Niven Family Wine Estates, already a top producer in California’s central coast.

The Gruner Veltliner varietal is a rare and idiosyncratic pleasure in California. It’s a grape much more known in its homeland of Austria, where it makes crisp and mineral-laden wines of great vigor.

This bottling by Zocker offers similar pleasures, but is in a league all its own. Crystalline flavors of peach, ginger, and grapefruit comprise the nose, very similar to a high-toned Sauvignon Blanc. Secondary flavors of iron, ocean air, and peaches add a wonderful complexity to this exotic wine. Strongly recommended for the coming summer months.

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