2016 Nigl "Privat" Senftenberger Riesling Kremstal (Previously $65)

SKU #1353481 97 points James Suckling

 A wonderfully refined apricot nose. Rich and succulent, but dry and elegant. A sensational riesling that in spite of the enormous mineral depth is fine and delicate. Drink now. Screw cap.  (10/2017)

92-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Made by Martin Nigl Junior and tasted as a sample in July 2017, the 2016 Ried Pellingen 1ÖTW Riesling Privat opens with a pure and crystalline nose with classic, bright Riesling and citrus fruit aromas. Full-bodied, dense and elegant on the palate, this is a round and intense dry Riesling from the Pellingen, a south to southwest-facing vineyard in Senftenberg with mica schist soils. The 2016 is powerful and promising and reveals firm structure and an intense, persistent finish.(SR)  (8/2017)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

 A tart, tangy hint of ripe grapefruit mixes with the lemon notes on the nose of this wine. The palate brims with juicy, tart apple notes, its slender body both concentrated and vibrant. It's incredibly fruity, tangy and just about dry, with a totally mouthwatering finish.  (3/2018)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Offers plenty of peach flavors, with notes grapefruit and herbs, and a fleshy texture offset by lively acidity. Stays persistent on the finish, revealing fresh citrus and pastry accents. Drink now through 2023  (2/2018)

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Riesling

- 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.
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Austria

- 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.