2009 Huber Obere Steigen Grüner Veltliner Traisental

SKU #1245403 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Medium green-yellow. Subtle apple and dried pear on the nose and palate, with complicating notes of fresh tobacco, pepper and fennel. Elegant and light on its feet, with a refreshing curve of acid framing and lifting the complex array of flavors. Remains vibrant and mouthwatering through a very persistent finish. Drink to 2019. (PM)  (4/2011)

Wine Spectator

 A bright white, with lots of freshly cut apple, gooseberry and white cherry flavors that are forward and spicy. Crisp finish. Drink now. 1,200 cases imported. (KM) Web 2011

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Gruner Veltliner

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