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2009 Leo Alzinger Gruner Veltliner Smaragd Loibenberg
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93 Points | International Wine Cellar , April 2011

Medium green-yellow. Green mango and yellow apple with notes of celery salt, green peppercorn and dark crushed slate make a powerful statement on the nose. A rather muscular wine with intense, succulent quince jelly and mango flavors lifted by orange zest flavor and firmed by vibrant acidity. Finishes incredibly long and complex, but there is still obvious potential for further development. Drink 2014 to 2024.

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Gruner Veltliner

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