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2007 Emmerich Knoll Gruner Veltliner Smaragd Vinothekfullung
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94 Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2008

($103) Medium yellow-green. Complex, lightly botrytized bouquet of ripe, honey-drizzled apple, tobacco and black bread. Juicy in the mouth, with a sweet impression of extract. Despite its tremendous concentration, this wine is by no means a muscular brute, but rather makes a thoroughly athletic impression. Abundant minerals and tobacco linger on the finish. Although quite approachable, this should continue to evolve positively in bottle over the next five years and age easily until 2022.

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