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2006 Josef Hogl Riesling Smaragd Loibner Vision

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92 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2007

($39; 14% alcohol) Pale green-yellow. Pleasant peach and apricot aromas are spiced up by grapefruit zest and delicate blossom honey. Complex and juicy, with an elegant nuance of mandarin orange adding complexity. Nicely integrated acids give this rather powerful wine a surprisingly light touch. Peach fruit persists on the finish. Offers excellent potential for further development in the bottle. Drink from 2009 to 2018.

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