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2008 Franz Hirtzberger Gruner Veltliner Smaragd Honivogel
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93 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2009

($105) Medium green-yellow. Ripe apple, lemon verbena and a touch of blossom honey on the nose. A sweet core of apple and citrus fruit is wrapped in tobacco, minerals and lemony herbs. Orange-flavored acidity is seamlessly integrated and gives this wine outstanding finesse. The last grapes for this dry auslese-style wine were harvested on November 5. Finishes with great length and complexity and holds out the potential for extended bottle aging. Drink 2011 to 2023.

90 Points | Wine Spectator

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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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