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2008 F.X. Pichler Riesling Smaragd Kellerberg
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95 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2009

($100) Medium green-yellow. This full-bodied, multifaceted medium green-yellow riesling is a true Austrian classic. The country's prototypical style for this variety is expressed in its transparent purity of fruit and concentrated aromas and flavors of ripe yellow peach, passion fruit and mandarin orange. A brilliant acid backbone provides a perfect counterpoint to the wine's full body and sheer depth of fruit, with the bracing flavors of white peach, lemon verbena and wet stone lingering long on the gripping finish. This is a wine for the coming decades. Drink 2011 to 2023+.

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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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The Riesling grape may scare away some wine novices. In Germany, where the grape reaches its finest expression, labels hew to a rigid, abstruse set of classifications, leaving newcomers with little idea what they may be looking at. Furthermore, many wine drinkers' early experiences with sweet wines from Germany (think Blue Nun), have not been especially rewarding. We say that it's your loss if you continue to fear the...
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