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

Medium green-yellow. Ripe papaya aromas and flavors are delicately laced by orange zest and complicated by verbena, dill and a touch of blossom honey. Despite the opulence of the nose and the wine's full body, there's a very firm structure here, thanks to a brilliantly integrated spine of acidity and a powerful mineral underpinning. Dark wet slate, pepper, lemon zest and salty minerals linger impressively on the long finish. Although already quite approachable, this wine will continue to gain in bottle for many years. Drink 2012 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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