2010 Nikolaihof Riesling Smaragd Vom Stein, Austria, Wachau, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2010
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$75.00USD

Consumed over two nights.  Consistent.  Light golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose has diesel fuel, lemons and salinity.  On the palate, this is dry.  Slightly viscous texture.  Grapefruit with underlying minerality.  Slightly bitter grapefruit pith on the finish.  This is youthful but approaching maturity.  It probably should be consumed in the next seven to ten years.  This will work with almost any food, but sea food or poultry would be best.  It will work better with food than on its own.  

2000 Weingut Hirsch Riesling Gaisberg, Austria, Kamptal, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2000
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-

A very respectable showing for a 20 year old Austrian Riesling.  This was about $25 on release and over the years, I have consumed a bunch - all good as it matured.  It now has a deep golden color, clear and bright.  The nose has slight petrol, a bit of burnt honey and nice minerality.  On the palate, slight pineapple and apricots.  This is dry.  Good finish.  This is drinking nicely.  Mature, but no hurry.  It should easily go another decade though it won't improve.  It will work well with cheeses or even Thai food.  

2015 F.X. Pichler Grüner Veltliner Federspiel Loibner Klostersatz, Austria, Wachau, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$39.00USD

This is resally drinking nicely right now.  Maybe give it just a bit of air.  Light golden in color.  The nose has peas, slight white pepper and pears.  Medium bodied.  On the palate, this has good, not intense acidity.  Nice mouthfeel.  The pears continue thru and give it some edge.  Very persistent finish.  Drinking well, it won't get better but should last for another five years.  A nice match with lighter summer foods or on its own.  

2011 Weingut Hirsch Riesling Zöbing, Austria, Kamptal, Wine Reivew

Vintage: 
2011
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-

Gruner Veltliner may be the "national" grape of Austria, and there are many great ones, but they also do a fantastic job with Riesling.  Golden in color.  The nose has nice minerals, a slight peach and a slighter diesel quality.  On the palate, this is dry.  Excellent acidity.  The wine is full bodied.  Depth and complexity.  Long finish.  This should go with just about any food.  Just starting to show some maturity, it will last a couple more decades if that's how you like your Riesling.  

2018 Zum Martin Sepp Grüner Veltliner, Austria, Weinland, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B
Current Price: 
$15.00USD

This is a basic Gruner that comes in a 1 litre bottle.  It retails for $15 which is an excellent value.  Also a crown cap for a closure.  Light green/gold in color.  Clear and bright.  The nose is nice with limes, slight asparagus and minerals.  On the palate, a lemon/lime quality.  Good acidity.  Some roundness.  Not a ton of depth but some.  This should be consumed in the next year but will be drinkable for a few more.  It should go well with lighter fare and drinks well on its own.  A nice wine to finish off summer.  

2017 Hugl Weine Grüner Veltliner, Austria, Neusiedlersee, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-

Always a favorite, this has a new, more attractive label.  Not as industrial as the older label.  Light green/gold in color.  The nose is nice with limes and minerals.  On the palate, this has good acidity.  Some lime.  Long finish.  $14 per 1 ltr bottle is a great price.  Perfect for large get together s.  Varietally correct.  Food friendly.  Easy to drink with a wide variety of foods or on its own.  Should last five years.  

2013 Rudi Pichler Grüner Veltliner Smaragd Weissenkirchner Achleithen, Austria, Wachau, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2013
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+

This is a good wine, but given its $96 price tag, it was disappointing.  A slight amount of trapped CO2.  Medium gold in color.  Slight sulfur to the nose but otherwise pretty tight.  Some asparagus and limes.  On the palate, this is soft.  It has a dusty taste with slight limes.  No obvious faults here.  Given the pedigree, it may be shut down hard right now though that's not something usually associated with GV.  Good acidity.  Worked well with food.  It did not seem to change in any respect for the two and a half hours in the glass.  

2012 Bernhard Ott Grüner Veltliner 1ÖTW Rosenberg, Austria, Wagram, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2012
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-

This has some trapped CO2 in it which blew off quickly.  The nose has tart citrus notes.  Also some green apples.  On the palate, this seemed ever so slightly sweet.  Green apples with some orange peel.  Nice depth and complexity.  It was older than the other GV's tasted with but did not stand out (other than a bit more complexity).  Good finish.  Food friendly.  Certainly seems like it has at least a decade left.  $60

2015 Weingut Willi Bründlmayer Grüner Veltliner Reserve Lamm Kamptal, Austria, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-

This wine took a while to really open.  The group I tasted with liked it more than I but its best days are probably still ahead.  Light medium gold in color.  The nose has a fair amount of sulfur.  With air, some tangerine emerges and with more air, some white floral notes.  On the palate, this is soft.  It gets better with food.  Slightly tart granny smith apple notes.  Nice finish.  This probably needs a few years to develop and should be good for a decade or more after that.  If drinking now, decant.  It retails for $77 so cellaring is a nice option to get the full value of the wine.  

2015 Alzinger Grüner Veltliner Smaragd Loibenberg, Austria, Wachau, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-

Deep green/gold in color.  The nose is very tight but eventually opens to show some peach along with a bit of white flowers.  On the palate, there is a nice underlayer of minerality here.  Sour apples on top.  Drinking very well with a bit of air but even better with a selection of Austrian cheeses.  Good finish.  This retails for $53, so you can make your own value judgments.  It is very enjoyable.  It will be interesting to see how it develops from here.  

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