Twelve Years Later

The very first wine review published on these pages was way back in September of 2009. That was long before Winethropology became Imbiber's Journal, and even before Wine O'Clock became Winethropology. Twelve years later, a humorous look back at that piece:

2007 Nikolaihof Hefeabzug Wachau Gruner Veltliner $15
On a recent Sunday, a popular retailer was hocking this wine at 50% off the original price tag of $29.99, so I bit. A short while later the screw cap was off and the wine bit back. Thin and bordering on insipid, the flavor profiles were all over the place. Many of the right components for a good grĂ¼ner were in attendance - minerality, acid, clarity - but there was nothing weaving them together. No coherence. The taste components seemed to be at odds with each other. And there was little, if any, body to it. Sometimes temperature change can cause bring on adolescence in a wine, so we tried it again at room temp. No better. Which leads us to ask the question, Why would anyone pay $15 for a wine like this let alone $30? We won't again. Rating: Disappointing, over-priced. Pass.