Pfaffl Wine Estate, Weinviertel (Niederösterreich, Austria) Gruner Veltliner Haidviertel Vineyard 2010

($20, Palm Bay Imports):  One of the leaders in Weinviertel region, Pfaffl is a family owned estate just outside of Vienna that makes an array of lovely wines.  This one, from a single vineyard in the town of Stetten overlooking the Danube, reminds us that Grüner Veltliner, as difficult as it may be to pronounce, is a varietal worth remembering.  Fresh and lively, it still has excellent concentration (at only 12% alcohol) and delivers minerality and spice.  Clean with a cutting edge, it’s a versatile wine, a good match for spice-filled dishes or something as simple as steamed clams. 91 Michael Apstein Nov 1, 2011