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2011 Rudi Pichler Gruner Veltliner Smaragd Kollmutz

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91 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - July 2013

Expressive stone fruits and acacia honey on the herbal nose. Complex but a bit raw in texture, with a mango flavor dominating the palate. Finishes with good length and pleasing savory nuances. Given the wine's slightly phenolic quality, I'd leave it in the cellar for another few years before opening the next bottle.

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About Austria

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Gruner Veltliner

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