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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?
ALZINGER 14 GV FRAUENWEINGARTE
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Gravel, sand and sediment are the foundation for this Gruner Veltliner, from famed Austrian wine producer, Alzinger. The 2014 Frauenweingarten is juicy, elegant, and refreshing - Read More...
exemplary for a classic, lighter-bodied Federspiel. This wine opens with notes of kaffir lime, lemon, white pepper and subtle hints of green peas and fresh herbs. The wine has great texture and brilliant acidity, and is just an overall exceptional example of what Gruner Veltliner should be. Food Pairing: Steamed artichokes, grilled asparagus, fish and spicy dishes.
ALZINGER 14 GV STEINERTAL FEDE
ALZINGER 2014 GRUNER VELTLINER STEINERTAL
FEDERSPIEL
Item: #311871
Bottle Size:750ml
$34.98
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From the Importer: Terry Theise:
By alcohol (12.8, though the label will say 12.5) you could have argued for Smaragd, especially us geezers who remember dem wines, so this is Read More...
in effect a borderline Smaragd at a bargain price. And whatever—the name is what it is, but the wine is wonderful; super-peppery and full of tarragon in the Zalto, more sapid and juicy in the tulip—and also more phenolic, so a nod to Zalto this time, for pushing the vivid sweet sting of the vineyard forward and yielding a minty finale. I also miss the chervil notes in the tulip. (This stuff will make you crazy…) but the wine will just make you happy. – Terry Theise
BERGER 14 GRUNER VELTLINER GV
BERGER 2014 GRUNER VELTLINER
AUSTRIA DRY WHITE
Item: #333213
Bottle Size:1L
$13.98
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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.
BRUNDLMAYER 14 GRUNER KAMP TER
BRUNDLMAYER 2014 KAMPTALER TERRASSEN GRUNER
Item: #307462
Bottle Size:750ML
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Austria's singular distinction-- as no other country in the world is a significant producer-- is the noble Grüner Veltliner. Famous for its almost preternatural ability to pair Read More...
with food - especially with all of those no-no items that you're not supposed to pair with wine, like artichokes, bitter greens, asparagus, etc.-- there is simply nothing in world of wine like Grüner. This entry-level Grüner from the estate of Willi Bründlmayer, whom many consider to be Austria's best, shows us in spades everything for which Grüner is so beloved: a rich, yet crisp and firm collage of stone and citrus fruits - supported by hints of edamame, daikon, and sweet pea - that is supported by a core of complex, savory minerality, which informs you that this wine is from Terrassen or terraced vineyard sites. A great example of the genre, and an incredibly versatile wine at the table; get it while it lasts!
FRANK 14 GRUNER VELTLINER
WEINGUT FRANK 2014 GRUNER VELTLINER
from AUSTRIA
Item: #372437
Bottle Size:750ml
$14.98
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The Frank family has been making wine in the Niederösterreich (lower Austria) for 10 generations. Harald and Johanna Frank see themselves as caretakers of a legacy as much as winemakers - Read More...
and their Weinviertel Gruner is worthy. Typically styled but deftly made, this is an exquisitely vertical wine, lean, linear and clean, under-pinned with heaping spoonfuls of crushed rock and briny-ness from the loam soil.
HUGO 13 HUBER GRUNER VELTLINER
HUGO 2013 HUBER GRUNER VELTLINER
WEINGUT MARKUS HUBER
Item: #323122
Bottle Size:750ml
$11.98
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This Austrian white is a delightful example of Gruner Veltliner from grapes grown on limestone soil. Good fruit is balanced by crisp minerality on the finish. Serve with appetizers, Read More...
light fish or chicken dishes and vegetarian meals.
KNOLL 13 GV VINOTHEKFULLUNG SM
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WINE ADVOCATE 94 POINTS -
Always made with botrytis grapes, the 2013 Gruner Veltliner Smaragd Loibner Vinothekfullung offers a very clear and intense, Read More...
though noble and fresh, aroma of honeydew melon, pineapples and hints of lychee. Very rich in extract and highly concentrated on the palate, this opulent yet still well-balanced wine is one to be enjoyed in small sips rather than in bottles (at least when it's so young). This is an impressively rich and velvety textured wine, indeed, though it lacks the tension and freshness of the Schütt at the moment.

Emmerich Knoll has probably the finest collection of 2013s along the Danube river. The Smaragd wines of the family are full-bodied, complex, precise and highly elegant. I was too late, unfortunately, to taste all the Federspiele (they were sold out since a long time) but I am pretty sure these will be highlights too in the 2014 vintage. Emmerich junior describes the 2013s as "lean, straight and very precise" with "acidity levels on the top edge." "I like that," says Emmerich Jr. "because it proves that it is still the vintage that makes the wine and not the wine grower." He describes 2013 as "the contrary of 2011," (which was a warm vintage) and puts 2012 "in the middle of 2011 and 2013 but tendentially more towards 2011 than 2013". He believes that 2013 will be "a very keepable vintage." "The wines are still so fresh and youthful and the alcohol levels are not above 13 or 13.5% even in the Smaragd category, which are carried by their beautiful acidity." Like Roman Horvath, Emmy Knoll also believes that 2013 is the greatest of the past three vintages.

WINE SPECTATOR 92 POINTS -
Offers a powerful structure, with well-integrated apple, ripe citrus and grapefruit flavors. Concentrated notes of dried green herbs and mint, accented by some creamy hints, fill the firm, focused finish. Drink now through 2020. 833 cases made. –KM

ANTONIO GALLONI - VINOUSMEDIA - 94 POINTS -
Aromas of ripe pear, exotic flowers and tobacco. The opulent cantaloupe fruit is laced with complex wild herbs and a hint of botrytis that adds a sweet twist. At once rich (14% alcohol) and precise, with a long, complex finishes of spices and lemon zest, this youthful Grüner Veltliner is a selection of Knoll’s best blocks. Most of the 2013 bottling, though, is from the Loibenberg. Give this another five years before you open the first bottle.
KUENHOF 13 VELTLINER
KUENHOF 2013 VELTLINER
Item: #303132
Bottle Size:750ml
$21.98
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Kuenhof, owned by Peter and Brigitte Pliger, is one of the best white wine estates in Italy. Their steep, stony vineyards are in the part of the South Tyrol called the Val d'Isarco (Read More...
or Eisacktal), not far from the border with Austria. They grow their grapes organically, and their wines show an almost electric mineral character. If the duty of a great wine is to be distinctive, these wines stand out like beacons -- great terroir, careful grape-growing, brilliant winemaking, and extraordinary wines.
LAURENZ V 14 GV SINGING
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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 Read More...
fine acidity. It sings on the palate!
NIKOLAIHOF 13 GRUNER HEFEABZUG
NIKOLAIHOF 2013 GRUNER VELTLINER HEFEABZUG
Item: #324079
Bottle Size:750ml WS:92
WA:90
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WINE ADVOCATE 90 POINTS - The 2013 Grüner Veltliner Hefeabzug shows a clear and citrus-fresh bouquet with subtle pip fruit aromas on the nose, including Read More...
hints of ginger. With 12% alcohol, this is a light to medium-bodied but stunningly complex, intense and tension-filled wine with a pure and lingering mineral character and a lovely piquant acidity. In its mineral character, the 2013 Hefeabzug reminds me more of a Muscadet than a so called classic Veltliner from Austria and this – for sure – is meant as a positive comment.

WINE SPECTATOR 92 POINTS - " Presents light, smoky notes on the nose, with powerful yellow plum, white currant and raspberry flavors. Hints of mocha lead to a finish full of ripe melon and candied citrus elements. Complex."

Christine and Nikolaus Saahs did not want to send their wines into a tasting with peer wines. "Due to their tender structures and extremely low alcohol levels, wines from the Nikolaihof do not benefit from tastings where they stand in competition with more powerful wines. They need time and temperature to unfold their talents in the glass," they explained me and went on: "The best qualities, our Smaragd wines, are bottled only after years of aging in casks, so at the moment we have just Smaragd to show, the 2013 Nikolaihof Im Weingebirge Grüner Veltliner." I accepted their point, although there is no Smaragd that I tasted at Domäne Wachau that would not have benefited from "more time and temperature." However, my schedule was too narrow to visit the Nikolaihof, so the Saahs family sent me their current releases, including Federspiele to my home office where I tasted the wines with the same patience I gave all the others. The current rage of Nikolaihof wines is excellent and includes two highlights, the 1997 Riesling Vinothek and the 2005 Trockenbeerenauslese. Also the Federspiel category is outstanding, even though all the wines would benefit from further bottle age, as the still young 2006 Riesling Federspiel Vom Stein demonstrates.
NIKOLAIHOF 13 GV WEINGEBIRG FE
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Organic, bio-dynamic winery whose wines express the earth, the whole earth and nothing but the earth. Unusually phenolic and gravelly this year; the dark almost brooding side of Gruner Veltliner, Read More...
smoky and boxwoody; with air it releases a sappiness of peppery resin, but don’t approach in search of charm – this is all about craggy dignity.

ZOCKER 13 GRUNER
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The Wine Advocate - "The 2013 Gruner Veltliner has pretty green apple, mint and citrus rind to go with a medium-bodied, focused and balanced feel on the palate. It will be a superb meal-Read More...
starter and should shine over the coming year or so. "
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