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2008 Emmerich Knoll Riesling Smaragd Loibenberg

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93 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2009

Pale greenish yellow color. Multidimensional nose combines orange, apricot, lime zest, blossom honey and wet stone. Juicy, sweet peachy fruit is elegantly carried by a firm spine of acidity. The mineral and orange components linger impressively on the very firm, long finish. Already offers tremendous drinking pleasure, but will continue to develop and should hold well until 2023.

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