Monday, April 8, 2013

Modest Monday - Wines Under $10: Floriana Grüner Veltliner

Vintage Update: 2015
Tasted 10/24/16

At the urging of a reader, I decided to revisit this little Grüner. I have to say I was impressed! The wine was still mild, but with a soft citrus that I rather enjoyed. No, it's not concentrated or complex, but it was bright, fresh, and easy. Simple, but pleasantly so -- and only $5.99.

Floriana Grüner Veltliner 2011
Tolna, Hungary

Grüner Veltliner is a white grape primarily grown in Austria. This cheap buy came to me (via Trader Joe's) from Hungary.

Review: This wine is not terribly aromatic or flavorful -- I was able to discern some notes of lemon but that's about it. All in all, it's pretty watery with a light body. I found myself wishing there was a touch of residual sugar to balance out the high level of acidity. It's just not very interesting. Or a very good example of how yummy Grüner Veltliner can be.

Food Pairing: Some light fare, perhaps something salty and snacky? Just nothing spicy, or else the acidity will be overwhelming. Best yet, add some fruit, sugar, and brandy and make yourself a little sangria.

Bottom Line: For a $6 bottle of wine, not awful. Would I buy it again? Nope.

Wine Geekery:
  • VINTAGE: 2011
  • PLACE: Tolna PDO (Protected Designation of Origin)
  • GRAPE: Grüner Veltliner
  • BOOZE: 12%
  • CELLAR: Drink now

Where did I get it? Trader Joe's
What's the damage? Low Price


  1. I certainly haven't tasted every wine Trader Joe sells, yet I'll proclaim that Floriana gruner veltliner is the best buy in the store. It's rather acid, nice and tingly, not the harsh acidity all too present in cheap wines. It has the flavor you'd expect in this varietal. Highly recommended!

  2. I love that there are so many to choose from at the Joe, definitely something for everyone. I'm glad you enjoyed it -- it just wasn't the wine for me. Perhaps there's some vintage variation? I'll have to check to see when the 2013's are released if that has a little more mellow acidity and more fruit!


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