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2008 Alois Kracher Auslese Cuvee (half bottle)
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91 Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2009

($17; for 375 ml.; a 70/30 blend of welschriesling and chardonnay, with around 80 grams per liter of residual sugar and 12% alcohol) Brilliant golden yellow. Initially restrained nose reveals aromas of sponge cake, brioche, avocado and grapefruit with some coaxing. The flavors of sweet orange and greengage plum laced with minerals and framed by juicy acidity make an elegant impression. Finishes with convincing notes of mandarin orange and greengage plum, and plenty of salty minerality. Offers excellent potential for further development.

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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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