The Wine Company


Alzinger Gruner Veltliner Steinertal Smaragd 6/750 2019

Completely estate fruit from the sustainable winegrowers at Cline, this is the best their Pinot Noir has ever been and I am thrilled it is now entirely made from Pinot Noir grown in the Sonoma Coast just west of Russian River Valley. Thanks to the chilly oceanic mass of the Pacific, the cooler climate of the Sonoma Coast has a knack for slow ripening and developing complexity –in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in particular and is earning high acclaim as one of California’s great terroir for these noble varieties. Smoky blueberries, the spice of mustard greens, a meaty texture, and rich fruit combine with a spice, blackberry, and black cherry on the palate that join into a delicious Pinot Noir structurally poised for endless pairings at the table. As Cline keeps rising to new heights, I am keen to taste what’s next.
Wine review by Nicholas Livingston, January 10, 2014 (Fruit Day)

Bright red fruit characteristics emerge along with deep color, lush body, touches of vanilla and spearmint followed by delicate strawberry flavor. This is a food-friendly wonder child that can stand up to lamb or roast beef yet won’t overpower lighter fish or pasta dishes.
(winery note)

Food Pairings

Anything that "stinks up your house when you are cooking it," Terry Theise. Asian food, ham, smoked meats or fish.

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