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"In the old days, a bottle of wine and an eight hour read of me, seemed like the perfect evening. Now, every sentence should have a minimum elegance and euphony. This means not repeating, in the same sentence, suffixes and prefixes. You can't repeat. I think that prose will give a sort of pleasure, without you being able to tell why."  - Martin Amis on writing a great sentence in the age of Twitter

Ordinarily, the clearest sense of the skill of a grower or the quality of a vineyard is given by a vertical tasting, but this is an opportunity at something different. Taken as single bottles, each of the following represent among the best that Austria wine has to offer. Through many possible, varied combinations, they can give the sort of pleasure which can only derived free from repetition. Enjoy!

- David Salinas

 

 

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Alzinger 2003 Wachau Loibner Steinertal Riesling Smaragd

Leaner than the corresponding 2003 Grüner Veltliner from this site, but the analysis remains basically the same. Even though it's not what one would normally expect from Alzinger, it's still terrific wine from old vines in a top vineyard site and the estate's trademark balance and brightness remains in place. This would be most appropriately enjoyed in a context in which the food accompanying it doesn't require much acidity, and the wine's density, aromatics and unique flavors make this a fascinating and delicious bottle to enjoy in the near term. Fans of white Rhones, the best Spanish whites should take note! John Ritchie

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Hirsch 2012 Kamptal Riesling Heiligenstein

Heiligenstein is the most serious, well-respected site in all of the Kamptal, and ranks with vineyards such as Steinertal, Kellerberg and Singerriedl as one of the greatest homes for Riesling in the whole of Austria. The soil is a unique outcropping of desert sandstone mixed with volcanic elements. Its giant ridge was pushed up from the earth millions of years ago by underground volcanic activity and it gives wines of uncommon density and character. Whereas Gaisberg offers a bright, lilting floral character in 2012, Heiligenstein is less floral and more citric; it's more intense with palpable grip, acid and brilliant capacity to age. The 2012 Heiligenstein is a wine of enormous potential and will reward cellaring for at least ten years. -jfr

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Prager 2001 Wachau Grüner Veltlinger Smaragd Zwerithaler

Aged Riesling is far more easy to come by than aged Grüner Veltliner, so far fewer people have had the chance to be introduced to the charms of Austria's signature white grape with over 10 years of time in the bottle. Zwerithaler isn't one of Prager's better-known sites; it's actually been years since we've seen a current release. The rich, pithy, peachiness of Prager's 2001 Rieslings is really dialed back here (albeit still somewhat present). In its place is a laser-like sense of acidity and pervasive stoniness. With time this will continue to develop more and more earthy, mushroomy secondary character in place of the fruit, but right now it's zingy and bracingly mineral. Very cool wine and really quite tasty. -jfr

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Prager 2012 Wachau Smaragd Riesling Klaus

Herbal, peachy and citric, Klaus is arguably Prager's top site for Riesling and the 2012 is one for the ages. Decant for quite some time if enjoying young, or forget about it in the cellar for at least 5 years. You won't regret it. -jfr

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