When I covered Austria for Wine Spectator, some of my favorite whites came from the historic Schloss Gobelsburg estate. In particular, there were two single-vineyard bottlings of Grüner Veltliner, from the Renner and Steinsetz sites, which offered great value.
So when I saw a half-bottle of Schloss Gobelsburg's 2007 Riesling Urgestein for $30 on the list at Veritas, a Wine Spectator Grand Award-winning restaurant in New York, I easily made my decision on a white with which to start the meal.
The nose was clean and fresh, with a mineral aroma. Racy, balanced and focused, the Riesling's citrus, pine and stone flavors lingered long on the palate. I gave it 90 points, non-blind. You can buy a 750ml bottle at retail for about $25.
Urgestein is the German term for primary rock, a conglomerate of gneiss, granite and crystalline slate that Riesling thrives on in Lower Austria. The grapes for the Riesling Urgestein come from multiple vineyards around the villages of Langenlois and Gobelsburg in the Kamptal region.
WineSpectator.com members: Read the official blind-tasting review of Schloss Gobelsburg Riesling Qualitätswein Trocken Kamptal Urgestein 2007 (91 points, $26)
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