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Might be difficult to locate, but the 1970's thru early 1990's CA Central
Coast Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot had plenty of vetetal notes - not all
pleasent, but not all unpleasent either. Lack of ripeness seems a major
contributor to these elements, as CA Central Coast, is doing some more "
traditional" Cabs & Merlots now, but seems to do best with Chards, PN's and
Sanford's Sanford & Benedict 1998 Sauvignon Blanc had some very heavy green
pepper elements, but was excellent, just different. I wish I'd gotten another
case of it. Lately, their SB's are a bit more like NZ's, and I have not
detected that interesting pepper.
Sorry that I don't have some current selections for you, but you might want to
keep a lookout for Cabs & Merlots from cooler regions, especially if they had
a cool Summer.
"Wai Chu" wrote...........
"Vegetal" is not always regarded as a flattering adjective when describing a
Notwithstanding, there are a couple of wines which one *may* use that
Some Marlborough (New Zealand) Sauvignon Blanc may have nuances of
capsicum; tinned peas; or even asparagus among that zingy gooseberry
grassiness (I suppose grass is vegetation!)
Also, some Burgundy (red) can have a distinct vegetative "barnyardiness" -
I am sorry, I cannot recommend anything suitable.
However, generally, with most red wine varieties, "Vegetal" would denote
grapes, not ripened to optimum, and would not be regarded as a flattering
In the situation where "vegetal" is a good thing (perhaps you could
use a word more like "green" ?), I would suggest these:
Johann Donabaum Spitzer Point Gruner Veltliner Reserve 2001: which
Johann describes as having "a little bit of green aromas inside, in
the direction of gooseberry"
Josef Hogl Georg Gruner Veltliner 2003
The following have what the vintners described as a sort of "leafy"
Erwin Sabathi Classic Sauvignon Blanc 2003
Stefan & Eduard Tscheppe Czamillonberg Sauvignon Blanc 2002
Erwin Tschermonegg Oberglanzberg Sauvignon Blanc 2002
And these have what the vintners have describes as "herbal" or "herb"
Johann Donabaum Offenberg Riesling Smaragd 2002
Johann Donabaum Spitzer Point Gruner Veltliner Smaragd 2002
Erwin Tschermonegg Gelber Muskateller 2003
Weiss Gruner Veltliner Eiswein 1999
best of luck,