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2007 Johann Donabaum Gruner Veltliner Smaragd Spitzer Point
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92 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2008

($51) Medium green-yellow. Smoky flint, green apple, banana, grapefruit zest and black pepper on the nose. The wine's pronounced varietal expression also comes through clearly in the mouth, which features abundant pepper, grapefruit, apple and banana peel flavors. Fairly full-bodied but elegantly focused thanks to vibrant acidity. Notes of flint and dill join the fruits and spices on the finish. A very versatile food wine that can be paired with anything from grilled fish to spicy chicken dishes. Drink now to 2017.

94 Points | Wine Spectator

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About Austria

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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Gruner Veltliner

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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