2014 Prager Achleiten Grüner Veltliner Smaragd Wachau

SKU #1240675 92 points Vinous

 Site-typical floral perfume rather surprisingly tends toward heady honeysuckle and freesia, behind which emerge ripe melons, apple and snap pea. Satiny and glossy in feel as well as delightfully buoyant, this soothing and stimulating bottling harbors a clam-juice-like mineral and animal savor that certainly induces salivation. Both floral and fruity components convey ripeness, especially in the context of the 2014 growing season, yet there is plenty of the animation and refreshment that are among this vintage’s most attractive aspects. A piquantly cyanic hint of apple pips is stimulatingly integrated into the long, juicy, mouthwatering finish. (DS)  (2/2016)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Luscious and full of rich flavors of pineapple, pear and green peach that feature notes of white pepper and spice. Ripe citrus lingers on the seductively smoky finish. (KM)  (12/2015)

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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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