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2006 Rudi Pichler Gruner Veltliner Smaragd Kollmutz Reserve
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96 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2008

($99) Medium green-yellow. Initially reticent nose opens with aeration to reveal multiple layers of anise, lily of the valley, papaya and grapefruit. The wine's potent (15%) yet fully integrated alcohol contributes to the sweet fruit impression of this dry wine. Despite its considerable power, this multifaceted, extremely primary wine boasts marvelous balance and precision of flavor. A veltliner giant from the powerful 2006 vintage, at the very beginning of its brilliant career. Drink 2010 to 2022.

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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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