Pfaffl Wine Estate, Niederösterreich (Austria) Grüner Veltliner “Austrian Pepper” 2010

($15, Palm Bay International):  One of the leaders in Weinviertel, a subregion of the Niederösterreich, Pfaffl is a family owned estate just outside of Vienna that deserves their fine reputation.  This, what they refer to as their “entry level” wine is a stunning example of a bargain-priced Grüner Veltliner, Austria’s signature white grape.  It’s a light (11.5% stated alcohol) vibrant wine with good viscosity and spice.  A cutting edge makes it a fine choice for any fare from spicy dishes to simply grilled fish.  It delivers far more than you’d expect from a $15 wine. 88 Michael Apstein Oct 18, 2011