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2008 Rudi Pichler Gruner Veltliner Smaragd Kollmutz
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94 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2009

($45) Medium green-yellow. Captivating, inviting aromas of greengage plum, orange, lemongrass and freshly cracked green peppercorn are joined in the mouth by notes of ripe papaya and grapefruit. This full-bodied wine boasts sharp delineation thanks to vibrant, perfectly integrated acidity. The juicy, very long finish is an essence of this variety. Offers superb aging potential. This wine best conveys the essence of what is possibly Rudi Pichler's best-ever series of wines: structure is never sacrificed for opulence and ripeness. Drink 2011 to 2023.

93 Points | Wine Spectator

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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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