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Wines from Wachau

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Franz Hirtzberger 2010 Singerriedel Smaragd Riesling (Wachau)

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  1. $144
A supreme wine, the embodiment of Wachau Riesling. The steely character with its parallel acidity is beautifully integrated into grapefruit and perfumed white fruits. A taut, nervy texture adds tension to a wine that will age 10 years or more.  — R.V.  (10/1/2011)
96
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F X Pichler 2012 Dürnsteiner Kellerberg Smaragd Riesling (Wachau)

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  1. $89
This is always a major wine, and this vintage is no exception. It is spectacularly ripe, spicy, concentrated and fruity. The yellow fruits, tangy citrus and mineral structure all contribute to an intense complexity. Age this wine for many years and don’t drink before 2017.  — R.V.  (2/1/2014)
96
points

Franz Hirtzberger 2010 Hochrain Smaragd Riesling (Wachau)

  1. $103
A beautifully perfumed wine is give shape by its great swathe of minerality, its intense acidity. The fruits range from citrus to white peach, a gallery of delicious flavor. Like any great Riesling, it needs years to mature.  — R.V.  (10/1/2011)
96
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Prager 2009 Wachstum Bodenstein Smaragd Riesling (Wachau)

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  1. $70
A lovely wine. Ripe Riesling held under tension, its coiled white fruits creating the crispest citrus character. The wine is just settling out on a long development, its steely edge and intense acidity promising many years.  — R.V.  (10/1/2010)
96
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F X Pichler 2008 Dürnsteiner Kellerberg Smaragd Grüner Veltliner (Wachau)

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An evocative spice and caramel aroma combine with ripe yellow peach. To taste, the peach comes through strongly, while the fabulous taut structure keeps the wine tightly wound with acidity and minerality. The final taste is just off dry.  — R.V.  (10/1/2010)
96
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F X Pichler 2008 M Smaragd Grüner Veltliner (Wachau)

M stands for Monumental as in powerful, impressive. This ripe, sweet Grüner is certainly that, a late-harvest wine of impeccable purity. Figs, mango and intense spice give an exotic feel to this opulent wine. It is beautifully layered, peeling back wonderful flavors.  — R.V.  (10/1/2010)
96
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Rudi Pichler 2008 Wösendorfer Kollmutz Reserve Grüner Veltliner (Wachau)

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  1. $97
This is the third vintage of Rudi Pichler’s Reserve from the Kollmutz Vineyard. It shows an extra richness over the already concentrated Smaragd, a powerhouse of intensity, spice, mango, oregano and lemon verbena crispness. The balance is already there, now the wine needs to mature.  — R.V.  (10/1/2010)
95
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Josef Jamek 2012 Ried Klaus Smaragd Riesling (Wachau)

  1. $75
Lifted ripeness and candied lemon peel send their aromas heavenwards. These rounded aromas with a fetching touch of bitter fir and honey also appear on the palate where acidity is present but cushioned. Like honey parfait spiked with lemon peel, this is lovely and lingers long.  — A.K.  (5/1/2014)
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