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2008 Emmerich Knoll Gruner Veltliner Smaragd Vinothekfullung
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95 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2009

Medium green-yellow. A complex and inviting bouquet of tobacco, apple and blossom honey leads to a compellingly generous and ripe but juicy palate, featuring opulent mango, papaya and pineapple fruit flavors wrapped around a vibrant core of acids and wet rock. The finish of this very powerful young wine is luxurious and extremely long, and in need of further bottle aging. I'd wait until at least 2013 to start drinking this but there will be no need to hurry as this should deliver tremendous pleasure through 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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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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