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ALZINGER 13 GV STEINERTAL
$59.98
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THE WINE ADVOCATE - 92 POINTS

The 2013 Gruner Veltliner Smaragd Loibner Steinertal offers white fruit flavors and an intense, concentrated nose. Read More...
The wine is a rich and full-bodied, fresh and well-balanced Grüner which combines juiciness with minerality, but remains – at least today – a quite technical wine.

Leo Alzinger is one of the leading estates in the Wachau. The wines are highly rated in Austrian/German wine reviews and David Schildknecht scored the 2012 Riesling Smaragd Steinertal 96 points in issue 212 (and also 96 points for the 2007 vintage in issue 181) and the 2012, as well as the 2007 Riesling Loibenberg Smaragd, 95 points. The clear, cool and minerally-piquant Steinertal Riesling is also my favorite from the 2013s, however, Alzinger's wines did not fascinate me as much as my forerunner and as many other Smaragd wines I tasted in February at the Domäne Wachau in Dürnstein. There is not much to criticize here: the wines are extremely well made, clear, profound, dense, piquant and expressive. But there is something that stops them from really hitting hit my heart. It's not that I dislike them, but I'm not in love with them. If I had to name a certain feature that makes an Alzinger Smaragd an Alzinger Smaragd I don't know what to say, except the very well-made style, and a clear expression of terroir. Possibly, I wish there was a little more of Leo Alzinger's intuition and less perfection?
BERGER 14 GRUNER VELTLINER GV
BERGER 2014 GRUNER VELTLINER
AUSTRIA DRY WHITE
Item: #333213
Bottle Size:1L
$12.98
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ERIC ASIMOV - THE NEW YORK TIMES
"Fresh and expressive, with citrus, floral and mineral flavors that linger in the mouth. It practically invites Read More...
you to have a second glass."

*** "Best White Wine for Under $10" ***

This light, refreshing white makes an excellent introduction to Gruner Veltliner. An excellent value that's an easy pairing for a wide array of foods, Berger Gruner Veltliner has a pleasant acidity, a delicious palate of citrus and stone fruits, and a hint of minerality.
LAURENZ V 14 GV SINGING
$12.99
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From Austria's great 2013 vintage, comes this wonderful, under-the-radar valuie. The Laurenz und Sophie "Singing" Grüner Veltliner is produced from grapes grown mainly in loess and Read More...
gravel soils of the Kremstal region of Austria. This lively, food-friendly wine "sings" on the palate.

From the winery: "A very attractive fruit bouquet yields apple, peach and citrus aromas along with a typical Veltliner spiciness and a touch of white pepper. The soft and juicy palate is supported by fine acidity."
NIKOLAIHOF 13 GRUNER HEFEABZUG
NIKOLAIHOF 2013 GRUNER VELTLINER HEFEABZUG
Item: #324079
Bottle Size:750ml
$26.98
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WINE ADVOCATE 90 POINTS - "Despite early-harvest, the Nikolaihof 2010 Gruner Veltliner Hefeabzug weighs-in at, for this bottling, relatively robust over-12% alcohol, Read More...
which is all the more surprising considering that this wine has seldom exhibited a more delightful sense of levity. There is almost a sweet sense to the crisp green bean, apple, and pear succulently displayed on a lushly-textured, lees-enriched palate. A refreshing thread of lemon juice and a sense of crushed stone suffusion speak to the brightness and mineral density characteristic for this vintage at its best, while a bittersweet, Pinot Blanc-like suggestion of corn shoots adds to the stimulation of a long finish. This should prove delightfully versatile for at least the better part of half a dozen years."

Always an affordable treat from an historic estate, this basic Grüner aged on the lees is simply transcendent in 2013. Heady, soft, fresh aromas of mountain meadow and autumn leaves. The lees add some body to crisp but moderate acid, reminiscent of ripe apples. Strikingly pure, ethereal.
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