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Austrian wines are mostly dry white wines (often made from the Grüner Veltliner grape), though some sweeter white wines (such as dessert wines made around the Neusiedler See) are also produced. About 30% of the wines are red, made from Blaufränkisch (also known as Lemberger, or as Kékfrankos in neighbouring Hungary), Pinot Noir and locally bred varieties such as Zweigelt. The country is also home to Riedel, makers of some of the most expensive wine glasses in the world. Some of the best producers of Austria include Weingut F.X. Pichler and Weingut Franz Hirtzberger, Weingut Hutter, Weingut Eigl and Wellanschitz.

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  • ALZINGER 2015 GRUNER VELTLINER STEINERTAL SMARAGD WACHAU AUSTRIA

    Item #: 311870
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    WINE ADVOCATE 93- 94 POINTS The 2015 Grüner Veltliner Smaragd Loibner Steinertal is from the first terraced vine...
    WINE ADVOCATE 93- 94 POINTS The 2015 Grüner Veltliner Smaragd Loibner Steinertal is from the first terraced vineyard of the Wachau (when you enter the valley from Krems) and its soils are very shallow. The complex and coolish, lovely precise nose displays smoky and stony aromas intertwined with ripe, white-fruit aromas and some legumes. Full-bodied, rich and intense on the palate this is a very elegant, salty and piquant Veltliner with a tension-filled, remarkably long finish. This is probably one of the outstanding Veltliners of the 2015 vintage in the Wachau.

    ANTONIO GALLONI - VINOUSMEDIA - 90 POINTS Lusciously ripe honeydew melon is married to earthy turnips and pungent green herbs on the nose as well as the glossy, mouth-filling palate, with alkaline, ashen, cyanic and stony notes adding interest if also a certain severity to a seriously lingering finish. While impressive, this lacks the focus, animation, salinity or primary juiciness that characterize the best of this estate’s Grüner Veltliner Smaragd bottlings. Alzinger noted that it reflects a relatively early picking that still incorporated significant botrytis. -- David Schildknecht
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  • BERGER 2013 ZWEIGELT 1LT

    Item #: 311315
    Bottle Size: 1L
    Zweigelt (pronounced "tsv eye gelt"), a crossing of Blaufränkisch and St. Laurent, was developed in 1922, at the Federal Institute for Viticultur...
    Zweigelt (pronounced "tsv eye gelt"), a crossing of Blaufränkisch and St. Laurent, was developed in 1922, at the Federal Institute for Viticulture and Pomology at Klosterneuburg, Austria, by Dr. Friedrich "Fritz" Zweigelt. It is now the most widely-grown red grape variety in Austria. Berger's Zweigelt is fresh and unoaked, medium-bodied, and moderate in alcohol. This is a lovely, soft, aromatic red reminiscent of pinot noir in its cherry/raspberry scent and taste. There are subtle herbal notes on the clean finish. Serve this wine slightly cool with anything from a roast pork loin to a grilled cheeseburger. This wine comes in a liter bottle sealed with a crown cap. (Put a bottle stopper or an old cork in the bottle if you don't finish it right away.)
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  • BERGER 2014 ZWEIGELT DRY RED

    Item #: 311313
    Bottle Size: 1 LTR GIFT

    Regular Price: $12.98

    Special Price $11.99

  • BERGER 2015 ZWEIGELT DRY RED

    Item #: 311317
    Bottle Size: 1L
  • BERGER 2016 GRUNER VELTLINER (1000ML)

    Item #: 306004
    Bottle Size: 1L
    Yes, folks, this wine comes in a (1.0) liter bottle, which means you get to have more fun! Representing the fresh, crisp and refreshingly tangy sid...
    Yes, folks, this wine comes in a (1.0) liter bottle, which means you get to have more fun! Representing the fresh, crisp and refreshingly tangy side of Grüner Veltliner in the perennially-popular liter format, this is the bottling that Terry Theise calls the class of the [liter] category. Dry, crisp, and impeccably clean, this wine delivers delicious flavors of white flowers, pepper, and pink grapefruit, underscoredby an attractive leesiness - quintessential value Grüner Veltliner. Bottled under a crown cap; you'll need a bottle opener, not a corkscrew.
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  • BOCKING 2014 RIESLING TRARBACHER SCHLOSSBERG "ALTE REBEN" (OLD VINES)

    Item #: 342368
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    ANTONIO GALLONI - VINOUSMEDIA.COM - 89 POINTS "Weighing in at just 10 percent alcohol even though it misses being...
    ANTONIO GALLONI - VINOUSMEDIA.COM - 89 POINTS "Weighing in at just 10 percent alcohol even though it misses being legally trocken by less than a gram, this bottling comes from 80-year-old vines in a southwest-facing portion of the Schlossberg Einzellage. In the present instance, grapefruit and pineapple are accented with kelp-like, alkaline and saline notes both on the nose and on the palate. There is a fine sense of animation and refreshment, with tangy pineapple core and alkaline mineral notes combining for a stimulating finish, albeit one that has sacrificed a bit of brightness and focus to malolactic transformation and old barrique. - David Schildknecht" - Vinous (November 2016), 89 pts
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  • BRUNDLMAYER 2013 RIESLING HEILIGENSTEIN ZOBINGER ALTE REBEN (OLD VINES), ERSTE LAGE

    Item #: 307463
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    WINE ADVOCATE - 92+ POINTS
    There must be a specific Riesling genetics in the Heiligenstein since the oldest vi...
    WINE ADVOCATE - 92+ POINTS
    There must be a specific Riesling genetics in the Heiligenstein since the oldest vines of this terraced cru were always cultivated by mass selections and so remained indigenous. The 2013 Heiligenstein Erste Lage Alte Reben is made from Riesling vines averaging 45 years with the oldest up to 70 and 80 years. These vines, says Willi Bründlmayer, give small and super ripe berries with a highly intense aroma and concentrated taste. Indeed the steel-fermented wine which aged in 2800 liter barrels until it was bottled in late summer 2014 is extremely deep, complex and elegant on the nose, indicating dusty mineral aromas interplaying with ripe and dried apple and discreet citrus flavors. This is a young, pure, intense and piquant Riesling of great elegance, finesse and balance that is very firmly structured if not still somewhat edgy but has the serenity, calm and finesse of a great wine... Stephan Reinhardt.(92+)

    WINE ENTHUSIAST - 96 POINTS
    "Old vines on the Heiligenstein hill offer a richly textured, impressive wine. There is terrific concentration allied to fragrant acidity, hints of white flowers and apricot fruit flavors. The future for this powerfully dense wine is considerable, so don’t drink before 2018." — R.V. (2/1/2014)
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  • BRUNDLMAYER 2015 GRUNER VELTLINER KAMPTAL "KAMPTALER TERRASSEN"

    Item #: 307464
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    WINE ENTHUSIAST 93 POINTS "…a concentrated yet refreshing wine; there is ripe, juicy pear flesh at the core, frame...
    WINE ENTHUSIAST 93 POINTS "…a concentrated yet refreshing wine; there is ripe, juicy pear flesh at the core, framed by zesty lime that swings with the peppery freshness of arugula and watercress. This is full of life, concentration, charm and refreshment."

    ANTONIO GALLONI - VINOUSMEDIA.COM - 90 POINTS Ripe pear and honeydew melon generously inform the nose as well as the ingratiatingly polished, caressing palate. Happily, crunchy evocations of cucumber and fresh green bean along with an abundance of green herbal and stony nuances guarantee a finish of invigoration as well as refreshment, while a sweet-saline savor reminiscent of raw scallop activates the salivary glands. (An amusing but annoying technicality that typifies the latest development in Austrian labeling: The expression “Kamptaler Terrassen,” with which this bottling has long been labeled, was decreed an inadmissible geographical designation. But after Bründlmayer demonstrated that all of the vines supplying it are indeed on terraces, the authorities allowed that part to stand. And given that this wine has been officially “Kamptal DAC” ever since that designation was introduced, “Kamptal” is still prominent on the label. It just isn’t in direct conjunction with “Terrassen.”)
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  • EMMERICH KNOLL 2015 GRUNER VELTLINER KREUTELS FEDERSPIEL

    Item #: 372014
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 90
    From sandy loess and weathered primary rock soils the 2015 Gruner Veltliner Federspiel Kreutles opens with a clear and aromatic bouquet of ripe,...
    From sandy loess and weathered primary rock soils the 2015 Gruner Veltliner Federspiel Kreutles opens with a clear and aromatic bouquet of ripe, yellow-skinned apples. Medium-bodied and refreshingly piquant, this is a lean and elegant, straight and piquant, dry Veltliner with grip and lovely ripe-apple flavors in the finish. Very elegant and authentic.
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  • GEYERHOF STOCKWERK 2015 GRUNER VELTLINER NIEDEROSTERREICH, AUSTRIA

    Item #: 372358
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    WINE ENTHUSIAST 91 POINTS - "Notes of juicy, yellow pear unite with funky yeast notes on the nose. The palate ...
    WINE ENTHUSIAST 91 POINTS - "Notes of juicy, yellow pear unite with funky yeast notes on the nose. The palate then majors on Conference pear with astonishing and lifted purity. There is concentration and a whole lot of flavor. The full but lightweight package." Organic.
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  • JOSEF JAMEK 2015 RIESLING RIED KLAUS FEDERSPIEL WACHAU, AUSTRIA

    Item #: 324080
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    WINE ADVOCATE 90 POINTS The 2015 Riesling Federspiel Ried Klaus offers a precise bouquet of white fruits intertwi...
    WINE ADVOCATE 90 POINTS The 2015 Riesling Federspiel Ried Klaus offers a precise bouquet of white fruits intertwined with herbal and flinty stone aromas. Round and intense on the palate, with beautiful concentration and a persistent, lovely salty finish, this is a highly elegant and complex, tightly structured Riesling from one of the most spectacular single-vineyard sites of the Wachau. The finish is full of tension, purity, salt and finally pretty long as well. - Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate #225

    ANTONIO GALLONI - VINOUSMEDIA.COM - 92 POINTS Like a slaw of fresh apple, sweet pepper, fennel and cooling green herbs, this buoyant beauty refreshes and invigorates, yet exhibits textural gloss and luscious juiciness such as one would more often associate with a masterfully executed Smaragd. One could perhaps characterize this as an impeccably balanced example of Smaragd such as it was in the late ‘80s or early ‘90s, and I suspect it will age like the best of those. The long, mouthwateringly salt-tinged finish delivers a lively and delightful exchange of fruit and herbs with stony and crystalline nuances. - David Schildknecht, Vinous Media
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  • KNOLL 2015 RIESLING LOIBNER FEDERSPIEL WACHAU, AUSTRIA

    Item #: 322296
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    WINE SPECTATOR 91 POINTS - "Powerfully structured, with flavors of gooseberry, dried quince and pear tart that are...
    WINE SPECTATOR 91 POINTS - "Powerfully structured, with flavors of gooseberry, dried quince and pear tart that are flanked by rich spicy notes. Elegant and fresh-tasting on the finish. Drink now through 2018. 833 cases made."
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  • KURT ANGERER 2015 GRUNER VELTLINER KIES KAMPTAL

    Item #: 342385
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    The Kies from Kurt Angerer is a classic Grüner Veltliner. Crisp and elegant and plenty of minerals. Beautiful aromas of as kiwi and apples combined...
    The Kies from Kurt Angerer is a classic Grüner Veltliner. Crisp and elegant and plenty of minerals. Beautiful aromas of as kiwi and apples combined with classic Gruener Veltliner flavors (black pepper, hazelnuts) make this wine an ideal companion for vegetable dishes and salads.
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  • LENZ MOSER 2013 BLAUFRANKISCH TROCKEN (DRY)

    Item #: 362346
    Bottle Size: 1L
    Ruby black color. Delicate aromas of praline and roasted nuts with a silky, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, relaxed craisin, ap...
    Ruby black color. Delicate aromas of praline and roasted nuts with a silky, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, relaxed craisin, apple, and cedar finish with moderate oak.
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  • MARKUS ALTENBERGER 2015 BLAUFRANKISCH "VON KALK" DRY AUSTRIAN RED

    Item #: 304159
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    This is a charming, light-weight red tasting of bright cherry fruit. There is no oak treatment on this wine, so it is fresh and pure. Delightful! ...
    This is a charming, light-weight red tasting of bright cherry fruit. There is no oak treatment on this wine, so it is fresh and pure. Delightful!

    * Practicing Organic
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  • MAX FERDINAND RICHTER 2015 BRAUNEBERGER JUFFER RIESLING KABINETT

    Item #: 362370
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    WINE SPECTATOR - 91 POINTS
    Fleshy, with accents of baked pineapple to the ripe apple and citrus flavors. Le...
    WINE SPECTATOR - 91 POINTS
    Fleshy, with accents of baked pineapple to the ripe apple and citrus flavors. Lemongrass and spice notes show on the long finish. Drink now through 2020. 850 cases made.

    WINE ADVOCATE - 90 POINTS
    The 2015 Brauneberger Juffer Riesling Kabinett is super smoky, precise and delicate on the nose that represents a very elegant and reductive style. Round and lush on the palate, this is a sweet and mouth-filling Kabinett with good intensity and grip but almost a monster compared to the lean and filigreed Kabinett #4 bottling.
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  • MITTELBACH TEGERNSEERHOF 2016 GRUNER VELTLINER 'SUPERIN' FEDERSPIEL

    Item #: 372459
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Martin Mittelbach is a Wachau insider with an outsider’s perspective. He is the fifth generation of Mittelbachs to run the historical Tegernseerhof...
    Martin Mittelbach is a Wachau insider with an outsider’s perspective. He is the fifth generation of Mittelbachs to run the historical Tegernseerhof, an estate that goes further back than 1000 years. His wines are like his personality: intense, focused and highly intellectual. These laser beams are as far away from the often baroque style that can be found in this region. In every level his wines excel and can stand tall next to any of the greatest producers in Austria.

    Mineral, Elegant and Aromatic
    Crisp, Dry, Elegant and Aromatic, Floral, Fruity, Light, Mineral
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  • MITTELBACH TEGERNSEERHOF 2010 RIESLING "RIED LOIBENBERG" SMARAGD

    Item #: 372437
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    In the range of Martin’s Smaragd rieslings this wine is the most delicate and refreshing. It comes from one of the most warm sites in the Wachau (w...
    In the range of Martin’s Smaragd rieslings this wine is the most delicate and refreshing. It comes from one of the most warm sites in the Wachau (which is still much cooler than most parts of Austria’s wine regions) and is often the first to be picked within the Smaragd rieslings. The numerous parcels that are scattered over this large hill give the wine a great balance of characters from sweet meyer lemon notes to the first pick of yellow stone fruits in early summer. The wine has a wonderfully refreshing spring-like feel that is decorated with flowers, acacia honey and the first grasses of spring. Indeed, spring and summer nuances are what this wine is all about. The wine’s earth impressions are as big of a part of this wine as the fruit, and Martin prides himself in the savory and subtle nature of his wines. Oh yes, there is much more than a small dose of minerality as well. Out of the glass, the wine leads with the impressions of river stone and freshly scratched metal, you know, like your carbon steel knife after a good scrubbing. It is a beautiful wine that is refreshingly delicate for a Smaragd and is loaded with plenty of brain to keep us wine geeks transfixed.
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  • NIGL 2015 GRUNER VELTLINER FREIHEIT

    Item #: 372090
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    From Kremstal
    From Kremstal
  • NIKOLAIHOF 2015 GRUNER VELTLINER IM WEINGEBIRGE FEDERSPIEL

    Item #: 322099
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    CERTIFIED BIODYNAMIC

    Nikolaihof is one of the oldest wine estates in Austria, whose history goes back almost 2000 years to ...

    CERTIFIED BIODYNAMIC

    Nikolaihof is one of the oldest wine estates in Austria, whose history goes back almost 2000 years to the Roman empire.
    Nikolaihof still functions as an independent, bio-diverse farm, growing all kinds of herbs, fruits and flowers, tending beehives for honey, and even using seeds for grapeseed oil. The average age of the vines at the estate are 47 years old and the vineyards are farmed without herbicides, pesticides, artificial fertilizers or synthetic sprays. Instead, stinging nettles, manure, valerian root and other specially produced preparations are used. Natural fermentations are the rule, in Austrian oak vessels, deep in the cold, 700-year-old cellar. Long lees contact and aging are the norm, with some wines aging as long as 15 years before being bottled.
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  • NIKOLIAHOF 2015 GRUNER VELTLINER HEFEABZUG

    Item #: 360253
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Vinous Media: 92
    VINOUS 92 POINTS - " Bottled off its lees, as its nickname implies, this now has tough competition from a ...
    VINOUS 92 POINTS - " Bottled off its lees, as its nickname implies, this now has tough competition from a second cask of the same base wine that was bottled unfiltered under the nickname 'Zwickl.' (See my accompanying review of that bottling.) But this Hefeabzug is quite distinctively delicious. Chamomile, hay, artichoke, lima bean, cucumber, cress, crunchy apple and nearly ripe Bartlett pear combine on a fetching nose and buoyant, silken-textured, infectiously juicy palate, leading to a luscious and refreshing finish tinged with saliva-inducing salinity and invigorating impingement of chalk and stone. This isn’t the first Hefeabzug installment to have (barely) cracked 12 percent alcohol, but is nonetheless delightfully buoyant as expected. Nor has the extra ripeness of this vintage in any other respect compromised the characteristic."
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  • PROIDL 2014 DRY RIESLING, SENFTENBERGER RAMELN KREMSTAL, AUSTRIA

    Item #: 304571
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    WINE ADVOCATE 92 POINTS Proidl's 2014 Riesling Auslese Senftenberger Rameln offers a very clear, elegant, delic...
    WINE ADVOCATE 92 POINTS Proidl's 2014 Riesling Auslese Senftenberger Rameln offers a very clear, elegant, delicately concentrated, rather subtle and stony bouquet, with grapefruit, raisin and spicy flavors. Sweet, finesse-full and highly delicate on the piquant and refined palate, this is a highly elegant, extraordinary filigreed, precise and minerally piquant Austrian Auslese; it also has a pure and salty finish. Bottled with 8% alcohol, this is a very quaffable and food-friendly Auslese on top quality level. (0.5-liter bottle)
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  • SCHLOSSKELLEREI GOBELSBURG 2015 GRUNER VELTINER 'GOBELSBURGER' , KAMPTAL, AUSTRIA, DRY WHITE

    Item #: 362339
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    This dry white soars with a bouquet of elderflower and lemongrass. Crisp on the palate, with a light, mineral finish.
    This dry white soars with a bouquet of elderflower and lemongrass. Crisp on the palate, with a light, mineral finish.

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