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From current releases to older vintages, these are some of Austria’s finest vineyards and growers. Several back-vintage wines feature tasting notes and are in prime drinking windows. Genießen!

- David Salinas

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Alzinger 2003 Wachau Gruner Veltliner Smaragd Reserve

The worm has turned on the initial judgment of the 2003 vintage. Good farming and selective harvesting have held so many wines, from this underrated vintage, in good stead over the years. This was one of the most exuberantly playful noses in our tasting. Aromas of tuberose, chestnuts, and bananas foster leave give way to more herbal tones of spearmint and sage. The palate shows tropical fruits that never become cloying thanks to layer upon layer of minerality. Complex and delicious!

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Alzinger 2003 Wachau Loibenberg Gruner Veltliner Smaragd

A live-wire of Gruner from a misunderstood vintage, aromas of fresh blackberries, honeydew, coriander, and fresh mint float from the glass. The palate is multi-layered with green plums and fresh mint held aloft by a fine minerality, which holds true to an admirably long finish.

- David Salinas 

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Alzinger 2003 Wachau Smaragd Gruner Veltliner Steinertal

This is certainly the most robust and opulent wine I've ever come across from Alzinger, yet all the hallmarks of the estate and its signature vineyard, Steinertal, remain in place, including balance, minerality and bold herbal tones. If our recent dinners of Knoll and Alzinger wines taught us anything, it's that blanket dismissals of the 2003 vintage are not helpful or accurate, as the wines certainly have bountiful attributes even without the acid one would normally expect. Austrian 2003s such as this are for people who can enjoy whites from southern France and similar climes: bold, characterful wines whose compelling flavors and density overcome the wines lack of acidic cut. John Ritchie

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Alzinger 2008 Wachau Liebenberg Gruner Veltliner Smaragd

The Liebenberg site holds soils of gneiss, schist, and glimmerschiefer, which yield supremely delicate, yet concentrated, Gruners. The 2008 vintage is no disappointment; offering notes of spruce, juniper, and fir. Allied with a palate framed by a fine minerality and lengthy finish, the Liebenberg is a wine of precision and clarity.

 

- David Salinas

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Alzinger 2008 Wachau Riesling Smaragd Reserve

Sourced from a combination of all of Alzinger's terraces, the 2008 Riesling Reserve combines tropical fruit notes, floral and minty tones, and a powerfully mineral palate to make a poised and polished Riesling.

- David Salinas

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Alzinger 2014 Wachau Dürnstein Riesling Federspiel

Early and judicious picking has its benefits and they are on full display in the 2014 Dürnsteiner. Aromas of laurel, Matcha, and fennel whirl around the glass and the palate shows a solid core of minerality, hitting saline notes on a finely pointed finish. 

- David Salinas

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Alzinger 2014 Wachau Loibenberg Grüner Veltliner Smaragd

Alzinger's warmest site offers a fairly restrained and unconventional Gruner in 2014, yet complex enough to be worthy of contemplation. The nose offers aromas of mustard seeds, fenugreek, wisteria, and a hint of red peppers. The palate is smaller in scale than one might expect from a Loibenberg, but a boon for those looking for balance and focus.

- David Salinas

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Alzinger 2014 Wachau Loibenberg Riesling Federspiel

A chamber quartet of a Riesling, unsual for a Loibenberg, but representative of the 2014 vintage. The nose offers aromas of lime blossom, anise, and cardamom, while the palate is laser-focused, lilting, and lithe.

- David Salinas

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Alzinger 2014 Wachau Riesling Reserve

Botrytis, altough present, has been held at bay and beneath shine aromas of pine forests, junipers, holly, chamomile, and candied anise. The palate is tightly coiled at first but unfolds with time in the glass to show a finely-grained minerality and notes of  star anise, verbena, and saline finish. Complex and compelling Riesling.

David Salinas

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Högl 2000 Wachau Riesling Smaragd Loibner Visionen

Aromas of tropical and temperate climes mingle in this expressive Riesling. Tones of starfruit, honeysuckle, and lemon verbena that remarkably vibrant and have kept this an energetic and finely-aged Riesling. The palate is equally alive with hi-toned minerality and notes of green and yellow plums before a deliciously herbal finish.

- David Salinas

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Knoll 2009 Wachau Smaragd Gruner Veltliner Vinothekfüllu

Knoll's best barrel selection offers a powerfully beautiful Gruner. Tropical fruit aromas carambola, passion fruit, and bergamot are paired with star anise, coriander, and hyssop. This is easily one of the most powerful Gruners on our shelves, yet retains a certain grace thanks a lifting minerality. Classic Knoll.

- David Salinas

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Nikolaihof 2011 Wachau Neuburger

Neuburger, a perennial cultivar of tomorrow is here, now, and delicious. Nikki overseen a complex white that is both light-bodied and sapid, saline and peach-toned. In short, a wine of great food-pairing possibilities.  -  David Salinas

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Nikolaihof 2012 Wachau Riesling Vom Stein Smaragd

Savory and Spice-led from start to finish. The 2012 Vom Stein Riesling unfurls a range of aromas from the root cellar to the spice cabinet, while retaining Nikolaihof's signature ethereal minerality. It simply plays on a finer, more delicate register than other Rieslings and is an absolute joy at the table. - David Salinas

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Nikolaihof 2013 Wachau Riesling Vom Stein Federspiel

From the south-facing, terraced, and stony Vom Stein vineyard in Mautern, the 2013 Riesling Federspiel shows musky aromas of ripe figs, cedar, and anise-spiced pear with a background of peppermint. The palate is refined, ethereal and dry with a singing minerality that crescendos to a salty, tart, and slightly floral finish. Complex and delicious!

- David Salinas

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Nikolaihof 2014 Wachau Gelber Muskateller

Eminently drinkable and offering a spectrum of counter-balancing aromas, the 2014 Gelber Muskateller appeals to both the head and the heart. It expertly walks a line between notes of lime zest and thyme, basil and Mirabelle plums. For those who have yet to make the crossing, Gelber Muskateller is one the great food wines and Nikki delivers a finely compelling expression. - David Salinas

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Ott, Bernhard 2012 Wagram Grüner Veltliner Qvevre

We haven't tasted the 2012 Qvevre yet since it was still underground when we made our tour of Austrian estates last June. We did taste the 2009 and 2011, and they were both some of my favorites that anyone in Austria produced in those ripe vintages. The grapes are placed in Georgian amphora, sealed and buried underground and allowed to ferment. What sets this apart from many other "orange" wines is that there is no pressing when the wines are dug up; after 8 months underground, the settled wine is remarkably clear and pristine, thus no filtering is required as the clear juice is drawn off and the solid material is left behind. It's much less tannic than many other orange wines due to the lack of a pressing, and the sense of delicacy and beauty here are really breathtaking. -jfr

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Pichler, FX 2002 Wachau Smaragd Loibnerberg Gruner Veltliiner

A rich, peppery Gruner Veltliner, which wears its higher ripeness and larger frame lightly. Notes of coriander, red pepper, tumeric, and greengage rise from the glass, while the palate is concentrated, full-bodied, but not lacking in finesse, balance or minerality. This is a opulently filigreed Gruner.

- David Salinas

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Pichler, Rudi 1999 Wachau Smaragd Gruner Veltliner Hochrain

Coaxed from 50-year-old vines, planted in loess soils, R. Pichler's GV Hochrain is a powerful and beautifully aged Gruner. This wine speaks to an understated concentration that speaks of wild herbs, charcuterie, and an array of spices. The palate remains racy, and lithe, with fresh plum and peach tones on the finish. Top tier GV.

- David Salinas

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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 2005 Wachau Riesling Klaus

A Smaragd in everything but name, this is Prager at its most ornate and heady -- going into the stylistic realm of some of his neighbors, especially FX Pichler or Hirtzberger. Fear not though, as rather than translate all that ripeness into an unwieldy amount of alcohol, Toni Bodenstein opted to stop fermentation before it was totally complete, leading to a perfectly balanced wine they would call "Feinherb" across the border in Germany. Bodenstein likens it to the 1990 Klaus, which is no faint praise, to be sure. Built to last in the cellar for many, many years. -jfr

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Prager 2012 Wachau Achleiten Grüner Veltliner Smaragd Stockkultur

Stockkultur is Tonti Bodenstein's most interesting project, featuring very, very old vines in rocky Achleiten, with much genetic diversity and many vines trained on single stakes like in the Mosel (although trained much lowers to the ground). One of the most deft yet concentrated Grüners of the vintage. We love Prager! -jfr

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Prager 2012 Wachau Smaragd Riesling Wachstum Bodenstein

We make it a point to carry some of this wine every year — its story is fascinating and it never disappoints. The Wachstum Bodenstein is one of the highest-elevation sites in the Wachau and it was planted with massale selection with the aim of having a vineyard with among the most genetic diversity in all of Austria. The resulting wines are always multi-facted, layered, deep and rich. We love Prager! -jfr

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Schloss Gobelsburg 2012 Kamptal Riesling Heiligenstein

While 2012 was really a vintage for truly marvelous Grüner Veltliners at Schloss Gobelsburg, we were impressed enough by the Heiligenstein Riesling that we couldn't resist offering a little. This is one of the most electric, driving, impressive Rieslings made by anyone in Austria this year, with a finish that just won't dissipate and structure that guarantees that it will develop and improve for many years to come. -jfr

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Schloss Gobelsburg 2012 Kamptal Riesling Tradition Reserve

Since arriving on these shores, the 2012 Riesling Tradition has come together quite a bit; found its bearings and its center. Floral and woodsy aromas pull forward from the glass and the palate shows a solid, yet nuanced, core of minerality. Lovely Riesling. - David Salinas

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Schloss Gobelsburg 2013 Kamptal Riesling Tradition Reserve

Sourced from old-vine Riesling in the famed Gaisberg vineyard, laden with primary rocks of gneiss and mica-schist, this wine is no less special than its origins. Striking aromas of fresh herbs, pine, and cedar, along with an absolutely sleek and shifitng palate make this Riesling with great potential. 2013 stands as an exceptional vintage.

- David Salinas

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