2005 Högl Bruck Riesling Smaragd Wachau (Previously $35)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Pale green-yellow. Initially shy nose exudes some stone fruit nuances with aeration. Compact and tight, with delicate mandarin orange flavor supported by pronounced flint and slate minerality. This promising, persistent wine will benefit from further bottle maturation.
Very ripe and smoky, with layers of baked apple, ripe peach, marzipan and mincemeat flavors. Really packs it in with honey, spice and piecrust notes on the long, creamy finish.
Flint, matchstick, smoke and citrus. Already very developed, with notes of brie on the finish and a unctuous mouthfeel with a fantastically integrated mineral and fruit character. Drink 2009-2015. 18/20 points.