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2008 Rudi Pichler Riesling Federspiel
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91 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2009

($40) Pale yellow. Fragrant aromas of ripe vineyard peach, white lily and lime zest. Light to medium in body, with crisp racy acidity framing and lifting the apricot and green apple flavors. This is much more than simply an ideal summer wine: it's a superb aperitif with wonderfully delineated varietal character that can provide great refreshment value year-round. Drink now to 2014.

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