($17) Medium green-yellow. Apricot and ripe mango backed by tobacco and discreet blossom honey on the nose. Elegant and creamy in the mouth, with plenty of extract but still retaining a streamlined character due to a finely strung acid structure. Pleasantly sweet fruit persists on the finish of this dry wine. Drink now to 2017.
Austrian wine has rapidly gained in international stature in the past decade, mostly on the strength of Austria's dry white wines produced within a 20-mile radius of the small city of Krems on the Danube, less than 50 miles west of Vienna. The steep, terraced, riverside vineyards of the Wachau, immediately west of Krems, as well as geologically diverse sites on the edges of the city and to the north in the Kamptal, yield...
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Finding Gruner Veltliner, a wine known for its spicy minerality and firm acidity, used to be a real challenge in the United States. But even though Austrians still keep the bulk of the wine that they produce for themselves, Gruner Veltliner, the most distinctive and widely grown grape in Austria, is rapidly gaining popularity elsewhere thanks to its food-friendliness and...
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