2007 Emmerich Knoll Loibenberg Grüner Veltliner Smaragd Wachau

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95 points Wine Spectator: "This massively concentrated, unctuous Grüner is loaded with ripe peach, smoke and apricot flavors that feature accents of tropical fruit. The powerful finish is filled with an alluring mix of cream, slate, smoke and spice. Drink now through 2019." 1,048 cases imported. –KM 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Nov/Dec 08: "Pale yellow-green. A complex bouquet exhibits fully ripe yellow peach, intense mango and lime accompanied by flinty minerality. Complex and juicy in the mouth, with an apricot flavor framed by racy yet marvelously integrated acidity. Finishing flavors of lemon and wet dark slate linger impressively. This wine should benefit tremendously from further bottle aging and boasts terrific potential. Drink 2010 to 2022." 91-92 points Parker's Wine Advocate: "A piquant nose of citrus oil, toasted nuts, and pepper in the Knoll 2007 Gruner Veltliner Smaragd Loibenberg segues into a rich matrix of ripe white peach and lychee, offering another example of the delightful counterpoint that these wines can achieve between richness and pungent phenolic cut, the latter exemplified by pronounced lemon zest, white pepper, and bitter herbal notes in the finish. Marginally less flattering today than the Schutt, I suspect this will become the more interesting wine over the course of 7-9 years." (02/09)

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Gruner Veltliner

- Grüner Veltliner is the most widely planted grape variety in Austria, making up about a third of all the vineyard land in the country, according to importer extraordinaire Terry Thiese. The varietal has definitely increased in popularity of the past few years, as sommeliers and wine directors loaded their lists with this spicy white because it pairs well with so many things. Its bouquet has been described as floral, tending to toward musky, with hints of peppery greens, lentils, citrus and red fruit with a distinctive mineral quality. In the mouth the wine can be broad or precise, but is almost always distinguished by bracing acidity and flavors that mirror the nose. A notoriously good ager, you can drink GrüVes in their youth, or let them evolve in complexity in your cellar.


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