2007 Högl Schön Grüner Veltliner Smaragd (Elsewhere $42)

SKU #1043964 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Medium green-yellow. Initially closed nose reveals refreshing apricot, dill and tobacco with aeration. Juicy, fully ripe apricot fruit is wrapped around a finely chiseled acid structure. Dill and a smoky element flavor the very long, tactile finish. An excellent wine for the dinner table. Drink now to 2022  (4/ 2009)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Cellar Selection* A full-bodied, mouth-filling wine that bursts with melon, peach, peppery pear skin and nutmeg flavors. It is ripe, rich, a fruit salad whose final freshness and acidity suggest aging for 3–5 years.  (11/ 2008)

91 points Wine & Spirits

 This wine is lively and stony, showing a lot of energy and tension under the citrus and nectarine fruit. While it has plenty of ripeness and depth, it balances its richness so well that the overall impression is one of racy finesse rather than power.  (4/ 2009)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Hogl’s 2007 Gruner Veltliner Smaragd Schon is as effusively ripe and unusual as last year’s rendition. Smelling of banana and persimmon, its opulent, full-fruited, palate-coating flavors include brown spices and mocha-coffee...This oily, creamy, rich Veltliner suggests flavors I associate more with some maturity, so I wonder whether it will not be best enjoyed within the next 2-3 years.  (2/ 2009)

Wine Spectator

 Fresh flavors of Golden Delicious apple, spice and pear fill this crisp white, with slate and pepper notes on the finish. Drink now through 2012.  (12/ 2008)

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Varietal:

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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Austria

- Austria is a well-respected wine-growing region in Europe. Yet, even though they make about a third the volume of wine as Germany, not many of these fine bottles make it to the shelves of American wine merchants or restaurants. Lucky for us, their anonymity has translated into incredible value from simple, everyday whites to exquisite dessert wines. Austria shares many grape varieties with Germany—Riesling is king here, too. But the style of Austrian whites is much dryer and more potent. Grüner Veltliner is Austria's second-most-important varietal and makes whites of great versatility and pleasure. Click for a list of bestselling items from Austria.