2014 Prager Wachtum Bodenstein Grüner Veltliner Smaragd Wachau (last of vintage)

SKU #1240677 91 points Wine Spectator

 A minerally and suave tasting white, with intense savory notes to the green apple, ripe melon and lychee fruit flavors. The spicy finish offers some buttery accents. (KM, Web-2016)

90 points Vinous

 Predictably high-toned floral and herbal aromas are mingled with less usual scents of pineapple and mirabelle, leading to a palate of strongly fruity cask, with one foot each in tropical and northerly realms. Satiny in texture and with pineapple-core tang playing against a plantain-like starchiness, this finishes with generous juiciness accented by invigorating piquancy of plum pit. The mineral and animal dimensions of this year’s “regular” Achleiten, though, have no counterparts here—or at least, not at this youthful stage. (DS)  (2/2016)

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Gruner Veltliner

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