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2006 F.X. Pichler Riesling Smaragd Loibner Steinertal
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95 Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2007

($64) Pale green-yellow. Sweet mango and papaya are laced with peach blossom and lime nuances on the nose. On the palate, the wine's juicy, ripe vineyard peach flavor and its supple structure are countered by nervy, tongue-teasing acidity and elegant minerality, resulting in a very harmonious mouthful. Sweet, ripe lime lingers long on the finish. Offers marvelous aging potential: drink from 2010 through 2025.

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