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.
Item #: 311870Bottle Size: 750mlWINE 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$58.98
Item #: 311315Bottle Size: 1LZweigelt (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.)$12.98
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Item #: 333213Bottle Size: 1LERIC ASIMOV - THE NEW YORK TIMES
"Fresh and expressive, with citrus, floral and mineral flavors that linger...ERIC ASIMOV - THE NEW YORK TIMES
"Fresh and expressive, with citrus, floral and mineral flavors that linger in the mouth. It practically invites you to have a second glass."
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.
ANTONIO GALLONI - VINOUSMEDIA.COM
This won’t quite lead one to forget the amazing value offered by the corresponding 2013 liter bottling, but it delivers cut, clarity, snap and buoyancy that can scarcely be beaten for the price – and which one certainly doesn’t anticipate encountering from vintage 2015. Like a cucumber and apple salad laced with green herbs and cress, then drizzled with fresh lime, this polished performance refreshes and invigorates. 89 POINTS -- David Schildknecht
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Item #: 307463Bottle Size: 750mlWINE 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)$69.98
Item #: 307462Bottle Size: 750MLA fine mosaic of mineral; dusty, a scree of little stones, green pepper, lime; not as pointed as usual, a more dispersed spiciness; sorrely—again, ...A fine mosaic of mineral; dusty, a scree of little stones, green pepper, lime; not as pointed as usual, a more dispersed spiciness; sorrely—again, an exceptional vintage. – Terry Theise
Item #: 307464Bottle Size: 750mlWINE 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.”)$22.98
Item #: 372015Bottle Size: 750mlThe Emmerich Knoll estate is perhaps the most famous and well regarded in Austria’s Wachau. Knoll has holdings in the top vineyards around Loiben a...The Emmerich Knoll estate is perhaps the most famous and well regarded in Austria’s Wachau. Knoll has holdings in the top vineyards around Loiben as well as the Grand Cru of Pfaffenberg in Kremstal, an impressively steep cliff located just where the Danube bends toward the town of Krems.
A warmer site, great for ripening and for exuberance. This Riesling is the highly prized, terraced section of vineyard just above Kreutles as the slope becomes more intensely steep.$34.98
Item #: 372014Bottle Size: 750mlWine Advocate: 90From 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.$31.98
Item #: 322296Bottle Size: 750mlWINE 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."$30.95
Item #: 306860Bottle Size: 750mlA very attractive fruit bouquet yields apple, peach and citrus aromas along with a typical Veltliner spiciness and a touch of white pepper. The sof...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. It sings on the palate!$14.98
Item #: 362346Bottle Size: 1LRuby 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.$11.95
Item #: 362373Bottle Size: 750mlWINE ENTHUSIAST 90 POINTS - "A wonderful mix of white pepper, fresh lemon zest, herbal pungency and green pear fla...WINE ENTHUSIAST 90 POINTS - "A wonderful mix of white pepper, fresh lemon zest, herbal pungency and green pear flavors makes Gruner Veltliner such a success. Here it all comes in one focused, friendly and easy package, with peppery length."
ANTONIO GALLONI - VINOUSMEDIA.COM This is one of the loveliest installments of Loimer’s high-volume, entry-level négociant cuvée that I can recall. Fresh green bean and apple are the basis for a juicy, crunchy performance whose hint of garden-weed greenness is not at all off-putting. Buoyant and refreshing, this finishes with tangy persistence. 87 POINTS. -- David Schildknecht$14.98
Item #: 311873Bottle Size: 750ml$39.98
Item #: 362375Bottle Size: 750ml$34.98
Item #: 304159Bottle Size: 750mlThis 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$16.98
Item #: 303964Bottle Size: 750mlWine Advocate: 92WINE ADVOCATE 92 POINTS - "The 2013 Blaufränkisch Burgenland is a great charmer and offers a beautifully fine, fre...WINE ADVOCATE 92 POINTS - "The 2013 Blaufränkisch Burgenland is a great charmer and offers a beautifully fine, fresh and floral bouquet with ripe cherries and raspberries presented on slate and chalk plates and spiced with freshly milled black pepper, a touch of licorice and violets. Highly precise and delicate, this is the wine that makes Blaufränkisch lovers, and I cannot remember having had a finer and more stimulating red of this Burgenland star in my life. This is like a Pinot from Vosne or a Monprivato Barolo and Roland says it is impossible to produce Blaufränkisch on a lower level with higher yield. Silky, sweet and fine on the palate, with a lovely juiciness and intense length it is also firm and untamed, with wild cherry and forest aromas and delicately grippy tannins. Great purity and finesse at a ridiculous price. This is a must buy."
After three great Blaufränkisch vintages between 2011 and 2013, 2014 is also a rather problematic vintage in the Mittelburgenland. Due to rainfalls in summer and September the grapes were picked earlier and did not have the concentration of the three former vintages. However, thanks to a sunny October, which allowed the Roland Velich's Moric team to pick carefully and selectively, the resulting wines are clear, ripe and charming in their accessible juiciness.
2013 is exceptional, 2012 taut and concentrated due to a warm and dry vintage, which caused loosely structured grapes with thick-skinned berries. However, there is also finesse and transparency in the wines. 2011 is a monolithic, age-worthy vintage that was picked quickly to keep the grapes healthy and fresh. It will take a long time to develop its talents.
WINE & SPIRITS 92 POINTS - "This is Roland Velichs most basic Blaufrankisch, a textbook example of the variety in Burgenland. It tastes as if it has assimilated the warm sun it its juicy blue fruit as well as the cool mountain breezes in its tart berry acidity; it offers a sense of the surrounding forests in its spice, as well as the primary rock under the vines in its firm, dark minerality. It’s entirely of a piece and of a place."
Shows lots of peppery snap to the red plum and raspberry flavors, supported by crisp acidity. Hints of green herbs emerge on the finish. Drink now. 600 cases imported.$25.98
Item #: 308007Bottle Size: 750MLOrganic, bio-dynamic winery whose wines express the earth, the whole earth and nothing but the earth. Unusually phenolic and gravelly this year; th...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, 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.$34.98
Item #: 324079Bottle Size: 750mlWine Advocate: 90Wine Spectator: 92The intensely yellow-colored 2014 Grüner Veltliner Hefeabzug displays a clear and elegant, well-concentrated bouquet of ripe white fruits. Bottled ...The intensely yellow-colored 2014 Grüner Veltliner Hefeabzug displays a clear and elegant, well-concentrated bouquet of ripe white fruits. Bottled after six months on the lees, this medium-bodied, 11% alcohol wine is dry and straight, and reveals a gastronomic grip and structure. Good finish, pretty fresh and with some crispy phenols. Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate. 88 Points.$24.98
Item #: 360253Bottle Size: 750MLWINE ADVOCATE 93 POINTS - "The Nikolaihof 2009 Gruner Veltliner Smaragd Im Weingebirge evinces wet stone and alk...WINE ADVOCATE 93 POINTS - "The Nikolaihof 2009 Gruner Veltliner Smaragd Im Weingebirge evinces wet stone and alkaline mineral notes already in the nose, along with floral and herbal allusions. On a polished palate, pear and succulent cranshaw melon pull this analytically dry wine in a sweet direction, while nut oils and hints of pepper - along with the aforementioned herbal and mineral elements - serve for deliciously fascinating counterpoint in a long, profoundly yet refreshingly stimulating finish. This should perform superbly for at least the next 15 years."
ANTONIO GALLONI - VINOUSMEDIA.COM - 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 virtues associated with Nikolaihof Hefeabzug, the best installments of which can age impressively. -- David Schildknecht$23.98
Item #: 342369Bottle Size: 750mlWINE ENTHUSIAST 90 POINTS Tender, friendly hints of juicy pear beckon. The palate follows with more oomph and l...WINE ENTHUSIAST 90 POINTS Tender, friendly hints of juicy pear beckon. The palate follows with more oomph and lots of lemon freshness. There is a lovely textural element to the crisp midpalate and edges of peppery herbs everywhere that haunt you long after the lip-smacking finish.
This bright, crisp wine made in a joint venture between Sommelier Aldo Sohm of Le Bernardin in New York and Gerhard Kracher, of winemaking roots in Austria, was created by them during a wine and dining experience over lunch in New York City back in 2008. Both Gerhard and Aldo cherish indigenous grape varieties and have a soft spot in their hearts for Grüner Veltliner making this variety the clear choice. They decided upon the wine-growing region of Weinviertel as being underestimated and possessing old vineyards, as well as displaying a diverse soil profile and a unique micro-climate. This was where the two found the perfect vineyard and began to define their very own style of Gruner Veltliner “This wine undergoes spontaneous fermentation, as do all the wines. It is the only wine in the line-up that fully ferments in stainless steel where it spends one year on its fine lees. It is a crisp, fresh, aperitif-style Gruner that is salty and easy to drink.”$18.98
Item #: 342360Bottle Size: 750mlWINE ADVOCATE - 92 POINTS
The 2014 Oestricher Lenchen Riesling Spatlese 303 is a very special Lenchen expressi...WINE ADVOCATE - 92 POINTS
The 2014 Oestricher Lenchen Riesling Spatlese 303 is a very special Lenchen expression because it comes from an old parcel in the Eisenberg (iron mountain) plot, which has a high iron content. "We aim for a drinkable Auslese quality here, which is made from ripe but healthy grapes, but we always sell this wine as Spatlese," says Bernd Spreitzer. This 303 is very piquant but also rich, sweet and very juicy; it should be drunk in ten years from now. Its length and tension in combination with this rich, lush character is very promising.
The 303 Spatlese represents a selection of the finest grapes from the Eisenberg vineyard, free from botrytis but entirely composed of golden yellow grapes with a high skin to fruit ratio. Wonderfully bright clear fruit in high magnification, a thoroughly juicy cuvee that that has more than 9 grams of acidity and as a result avoids being cloying in the least. Clear and salty and parading a medley of pear and sweet citrus notes. Lovely indeed.$43.98
Item #: 322456Bottle Size: 750mlWINE ENTHUSIAST - 89 POINTS
Kamptal boasts a variety of terroir, ranging from loess over gravel to ...WINE ENTHUSIAST - 89 POINTS
Kamptal boasts a variety of terroir, ranging from loess over gravel to striking parcels of primary rock and even volcanic elements. A hot and dry microclimate, the soil is geologically spectacular, as it originates from 270 million year old Permian Period, being a desert like sandstone base with volcanic particles.
Heinrich Weixelbaum produces superb results from some of Strass's best grapes. He is the winemaker of Weixelbaum Winery and is constantly looking for consistently excellent wines. His life is his family and winery and his guiding principle is: "We all have an interest in the progress of the vintage and have two simple aims...to make wines we love to drink ourselves, and to see others enjoying them." Wine region: Kamptal, Austria. Its name originates from the Kamp River. In the middle of the Kamptal is Austria's largest wine town named Langenlois, next to the well-known wine village Strass is located. A wine growing highlight in the area is the Zöbinger Heiligenstein and the Strasser Gaisberg. Both mountains are now the best sites for Riesling and Grüner Veltliner. Plentiful clay, loess and primary rock soils help create a distinctive Grüner Veltliner. Here its taste is peppery and it has an excellent ageing potential. The pronounced acidity, a characteristic of the Grüner Veltliner as well as the Riesling, adds to this potential.$14.95
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