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2016 Nikolaihof Riesling Ried Steiner Hund, Austria, Wachau, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
97
Grade: 
A+

OMG, this is amazing.  Truly outstanding.  Light golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose is all about minerality.  "Wet stones", minerals with some spice and slight apricots make a complex nose that is both elegant and powerful.  Medium to full bodied.  A creamy yet energetic texture.  Well balanced but not shy on acidity.  On the palate, this is concentrated.  Loads of minerality with slight apricot notes and a hint of spice.  Long finish.  This is still youthful but drinking well now.  Drink over the next twenty to twenty five years.  Fantastic on its own, this will work with most fo

2017 Nikolaihof Riesling Smaragd Vom Stein, Austria, Wachau, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
95
Grade: 
A

Vom Stein is a sub-site of the Silberbichel vineyard and is a slight incline, sloping east.  Nikolaihof makes beautiful wines from this vineyard.  Smaragd is the highest level of quality in Austrian wines.  Light golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose is nice with minerals, flint, lemon, slight peach and spice.  Full bodied.  On the palate, a nice whiff of grapefruits and lemon with underlying minerality.  Wispy tannins.  Lots of depth and complexity.  Good acidity.  Long finish.  This is close to mature but will still develop for another three to five years and drink well for another

2017 Nikolaihof Grüner Veltliner Smaragd Im Weingebirge, Austria, Wachau, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A

From one of the oldest wineries in Europe and one of the oldest vineyards (first mentioned in print in 511AD), this is a beautiful Gruner.  Green/gold/silver in color, clear and bright.  The nose is pretty with slight floral notes, asparagus, apples and spice.  Full bodied.  Crisp acidity.  On the palate, this has limes, and slight lemons with underlying acidity.  Long finish.  This is a delicious wine that is showing plenty of depth and complexity.  Drink over the next ten to twelve years.  It is excellent on its own and will work well with a wide variety of foods.  A nice match would be s

2016 Nikolaihof Riesling Federspiel Late Release, Austria, Wachau, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
95
Grade: 
A

This is a late release served at the winery.  It spent an extra six years in large barrels.  Silvery gold in color, clear and bright.  The nose is clean with lemons, minerality and slight apricot notes.  Creamy texture but also crisp acidity.  On the palate, the lemons and slight apricot come thru with underlying minerality.  Long finish.  This wine shows a lot of complexity but undoubtedly will continue to mature for a few more years.  Drink over the next twenty years.  This is great on its own and will be even better with almost any food.  It would be great with Szechuan food.

2021 Nikolaihof Riesling Federspiel, Austria, Wachau, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2021
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A

Silvery gold in color, clear and bright.  The nose has slight apple with some peaches along with a nice minerality.  Good acidity.  Nice texture.  One of those wines that seems like it will have some sweetness but is in fact, dry to the taste.  On the palate, a bit of grapefruits and a bunch of peaches and minerality.  Light bodied but with plenty or energy.  It drinks easily.  Delicious.  This needs a few more years to full maturity, but is still nice now.  Drink over the next twenty years (or more).  This would work well with Thai curries.  

2015 Nikolaihof Grüner Veltliner Federspiel Im Weingebirge, Austria, Wachau, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A

Im Weingebirge is one of the oldest vineyard names in Europe first being mentioned in 511 AD.  This is a late release and really shows that even the middleweight Federspiels can age just fine.  This is just starting to get close to maturity at 7 years from vintage.  Silvery/gold in color, clear and bright.  The nose is tight at first but opens to show slight asparagus, yeast, spice, minerals and white pepper.  Lovely creamy texture.  Light tannins.  Nice acidity.  On the palate, this is layered and complex.  Limes with pepper and spice with underlying minerals.  A very long finish.  Just a

2021 Nikolaihof Grüner Veltliner Federspiel, Austria, Wachau, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2021
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-

Biodynamic wine tasted at the winery.  Very light silvery/gold in color, clear and bright.  The nose is very nice with a floral note (apple blossoms?) and limes with some minerality.  Slightly oily/velvety texture.  Good acidity.  Dry.  On the palate, this is very lively.  Limes, slight herbal note and minerals.  Long finish.  This drinks so easily on its own but will work well with foods.  Of course, Wiener Schnitzel, but also some good ole Texas Chili would work well.  Drink over the next 8 to twelve years.  

2021 Nikolaihof Grüner Veltliner Hefeabzug, Austria, Wachau, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2021
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A

Biodynamic wine.  Tasted at the winery.  Green/gold in color, clear and bright.  The nose is tight but opens to show limes, lemon zest, floral notes, and spice.  Medium to full bodied.  Concentrated.  On the palate, the limes return along with underlying minerality and spice.  Light tannins.  Good acidity.  Long finish.  This is a delicious wine that may still improve.  Drink over the next twelve to fifteen years.  

2021 Nikolaihof Grüner Veltliner "Zwickl", Austria, Wachau, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2021
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-

Tasted at the winery.  Biodynamic.  Silver/golden in color, slightly cloudy but bright.  The nose is initially tight, but opens, first showing asparagus, then minerality, a bit of ginger and finally, limes.  Medium bodied.  Medium tannins.  Nice acidity.  On the palate, the limes are in the forefront but there are also nice mineral undertones.  Really nice creamy texture.  Long finish that has a bit of green apple.  This is drinking beautifully, but will likely improve over the next year or two.  Drink over the next ten to fifteen years.  This would go well with fish or tofu tacos.  

2021 Weinbau & Heuriger Stoiber Gelber Muskateller Ried Limberg, Austria, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2021
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+

Very aromatic wine.  Silvery/gold in color, clear and bright.  The nose is pretty.  Perfumed with lychee nuts and slight herbal notes (wild thyme?).  Medium bodied.  On the palate, moderate acidity with pear.  Moderate finish.  Not a lot of depth here but very enjoyable for what it is.  Drink over the next few years.  Nice on its own, this will work well with lighter dishes.  Soft cheeses such as brie would work well.  

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