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2011 Franz Hirtzberger Riesling Smaragd Hochrain
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90 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - July 2013

Herb-tinged aromas of apricot, vineyard peach and acacia honey, complicated by discreet spices. Juicy on the palate, showing a vibrant if somewhat austere acid structure. This unctuous yet youthfully closed riesling shows impressively persistent flavors of sweet, ripe stone fruits.

91 Points | Wine Spectator

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