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2008 Weingut Prager Gruner Veltliner Smaragd Achleiten Stockkultur
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93 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2009

($70) Medium green-yellow. Inviting cantaloupe and greengage plum aromas complicated by lemongrass, white pepper and a subtle tobacco nuance. Firm and tightly woven, with penetrating acidity giving excellent grip and thrust to the flavors of crisp apple, pear and dark flinty minerals. The harmonious, long finish brings an additional element of orange blossom. An exceptional wine on its own or with food-and one with exceptional aging potential. Drink 2011 to 2028.

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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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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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