Clearly, the last three weeks have been very busy ones, as I haven’t had a chance to write-up the wines I’ve been tasting. The week of May 17th was a particularly busy one, as I had two major projects due (one on Tuesday and one on Thursday), although until the Tuesday afternoon deadline actually arrived, it was unclear as to whether or not Project #1 was going to be delayed. As you can imagine, the situation required several days of lengthy meetings and numerous emails, all while creating an increased level of stress and tension. Once the deadline arrived and the project was finished, though, everyone was happy with the results. Ultimately, there is still work that needs to be done, but, by the time Tuesday night arrived, I was excited to have completed Phase 1 of what has turned into a larger project. With several bottles of wine waiting in my wine rack to be tasted in preparation for a wine tasting, it was difficult to choose which to open in celebration. Ultimately, a Grüner Veltliner and Welschriesling blend won.
The 2008 Carnuntina White (winery) is made with 50% Grüner Veltliner and 50% Welschriesling grapes and had a very pale, greenish-yellow color. On the nose, there were bright fruits—green apples, peaches, and apricots—followed by a hint of white flower blossoms, lemons, and lime. In the mouth, there were green apples, peaches, lemons, limes, herb sprigs, and a touch of white pepper. The wine had a lime-like acid, a light body, and a touch of oxidation bubbles.
Is this worth a glass after work? Definitely! If you see this wine in the store, grab it; you won’t be disappointed. At $10, this wine doesn’t have a lot of complexity, but it’s refreshing and easy-to-drink. Hubby made seared scallops and steamed green beans for dinner, which were the perfect accompaniment for this light, summery wine. What is particularly nice about the Carnuntina White is that it offers something a little different than the traditional, light summer white wines without breaking the piggy bank.