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2008 Leo Alzinger Gruner Veltliner Smaragd Loibenberg
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92 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2009

($65) Medium-deep green-yellow color. Laid-back nose offers hawthorn and vineyard peach complicated by flinty minerals and a hint of freshly cracked white pepper; the aromas intensify with aeration and are joined by a note of anise. Similar flavors in the mouth are kept under wraps today by the wine's tightly woven structure. Lingers impressively but subtly with peach, discreet honey and peppery spices. This wine is still rather restrained and will benefit from further bottle aging. Drink 2011 to 2023.

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About Austria

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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