2013 Rudi Pichler Riesling Federspiel Wachau

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High-lying terraces and valley sites comprising weathered soils are behind this elegant, unobtrusively fruity Riesling. This pairs perfectly with savory cheeses and spicy fare.

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Staff Image By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/24/2017 | Send Email
Pichler is just a stellar producer and each time I taste it I realize that the glowing accolades aren't hyperbolic whatsoever. The Federspiel Riesling delivers everything you could ever want from a dry Riesling and more. A nose of incredible freshness, crushed stone, lemon oil, vibrant and piercing mineral note. Not as brooding as some, but still with a hint of petrol. Long structured and full of crunchy acidity. A world class wine from a world class name.

Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/22/2017 | Send Email
To see the purity of the Wachau region I think Federspiel is the best vehicle, I love drinking Smaragd but that ends up being more about the grape and vintage, Federspiel is lighter and a pure insight to site. This wine's nose is archetypal Wachau, stone with hints of fusel, combined with fresh white flowers, really dramatic. On the palate it's crisp, focused, clean and showing right through to the soil, precise and direct. The finish is long, and longer, stone, mineral then branches into a bit of Riesling, excellent wine.
Drink from 2017 to 2025

Staff Image By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/21/2017 | Send Email
As much as we like to triumph German Rieslings, I've had plenty of Austrian Rieslings that go toe-to-toe with just about anything coming out of the Mosel. The aromatics on this wine are a bit of a show-stealer. There are tons of white flowers and citrus bursting from the glass. On the palate, the wine comes off razor thin and super intense. The acid is off the charts here, but in a way that isn't overpowering or too extreme. An absolutely killer wine that I would happily drink anytime.

Staff Image By: Blake Conklin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/17/2017 | Send Email
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This Riesling is pure in every way, yet it still has a lot of power and weight. Nice citrus finish, a nice summer wine.

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- While the rest of the world has often misappropriated the name--Welchriesling, Riesling Italico, Gray Riesling and Emerald Riesling are all names applied to varieties that are NOT Riesling--this exceptional German varietal has managed to maintain its identity. Perhaps its biggest claims to fame are its intoxicating perfume, often described as having honeyed stone fruit, herb, apple and citrus notes, and its incredible longevity - the wines lasting for decades. Aged Rieslings often take on a distinctive and alluring Petrol-like aroma. Within Germany, the grape seems to do best in the warming slate soils of the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer. Other German regions that turn out great Rieslings include Pfalz, Rheingau and Nahe. German Rieslings are made in a range of ripeness levels. The top wines are assigned Prädikat levels to describe their ripeness at harvest. These are: Kabinett, Spätlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese, Eiswein and Trockenbeerenauslese. Riesling has also achieved acclaim in France's Alsace, the only region in that country where the grape is officially permitted. Alsatian Rieslings are typically dry and wonderfully aromatic. Austrian Riesling is also steadily gaining praise and fine Riesling is also produced in Italy's Alto-Adige and Friuli, in Slovenia and much of Central and Eastern Europe. In the New World its stronghold is Australia, where it does best in the Eden and Clare Valleys. It is also planted in smaller amounts in New Zealand. In the US, winemakers are eschewing the syrupy sweet versions of the 1970s and 1980s, instead making elegant and balanced wines in both California and Washington State.


- 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.