Thomas Leithner Grüner Veltliner trocken non-vintage

Erzeugerabfüllung (producer’s bottling) from Kamptal, Austria
1 liter bottle with beer-bottle-like pry-off cap; 12.0% ABV
$3 at the Berkeley, CA, store on 25 May
Was an excess buyer’s sample sold as a one-off.

Leithner_GrunerVeltliner_NVWhile I quite liked the Leithner Zweigelt trocken (“trocken”=”dry”) non-vintage wine that I got at the same time, this wine was only okay.  It showed fairly ripe flavors of yellow apple, lemon, lime, some bitterness of grape skin, and a dull minerality.  It’s nicely balanced, but although close to “interesting,” it still qualifies as only a “quaffer.”

We usually try to say whether a wine is a good value, but these excess buyer’s samples are all priced low to get rid of them, so I try to give a price at which I think they’d be a decent deal.  The Leithner Zweigelt I estimated at $7 showed up for $6 in WA state, and I liked this less, so let me guess $5.

The next day, the rest of the wine in the fridge was fine, but didn’t change my opinion.

Here is another review of this bottling.  Written almost 5 years ago, it almost certainly does not describe the same incarnation of this non-vintage wine, but it may still be of interest.


3 thoughts on “Thomas Leithner Grüner Veltliner trocken non-vintage

  1. RGardner

    This just showed up at the S Tacoma/Lakewood WA store for $6. I’m a Gruner fan so I snagged some.

    1. BargainWhine Post author

      Please let us know how you liked it whenever you get around to the one liter bottle. 🙂

  2. adlerpe

    AAAAAA!!!! A Grüner Veltliner showed up at Berkeley and I missed it! AAAAAAA!!!!

    For several years running, the Berkeley GO got Grüners in about once every three months, alternating every six weeks or so with Albariños (either Spanish Rias Baixas or Portuguese vinho verde). It was the beginning of my fetish for sharp-tasting whites. The reservoir of whites-from-oddbal-countries dried up about three years ago, when the price and popularity of Grüner and Albariño started to ramp up.

    If this means GO’s about to get in a supply of liter bottles of Mitteleuropāische plonk, sign me up.


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