Wine of the Day, No. 430


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Here’s an audaciously fashioned grüner veltliner from Edna Valley in San Luis Obispo County, just southeast of the town of San Luis Obispo. The Zocker “Paragon Vineyard” Grüner Veltliner 2016 draws grapes from a vineyard planted by Jack Niven in 1973, nine years before Edna Valley received AVA status from the federal government. Niven Family Wines now includes the Baileyana, Tangent, True Myth and Zocker labels. This grüner veltliner displays remarkable body and presence for a wine made only in stainless steel, that is, with no oak influence. The color is pale gold; aromas of spiced and honeyed pears and peaches are highlighted by notes of smoke and sea salt, quince and ginger; very dry on the palate, the wine delivers stunning limestone and flint minerality and acidity that sings and zings through a slightly talc-like texture to a finish of bracing seashell salinity; a few moments in the glass …

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