2018 Weingut Markus Huber Grüner Veltliner Terrassen, Austria, Traisental, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$17.00USD

Light golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose has some limes, plenty of minerality and a bit of a sweaty sock note.  With air, a sweet-tart quality comes out.  On the palate, this is soft but tasty.  Limes with underlying minerality.  A bit of white pepper.  Shorter finish.  Drink over the next year or two.  This will work nicely with baked trout.  

NV Weingut Markus Huber Sparkling Rosé, Austria, Wine Review

Score: 
87
Grade: 
B
Current Price: 
$18.00USD

This is a sparkling Rose blend of Zweigelt and Pinot Noir.  It is meant to be a light hearted, fun wine and it achieves that and more.  Pale pink in color.  There is a nice mousse of larger bubbles that disappears quickly.  The nose has cherries, cherry juice and a touch of lanolin.  On the palate, this is sweet.  Light bodied with apples and cherries.  Shorter finish.  This is refreshing and a nice end of the day/start to an evening wine.  Drink now.  This is very food friendly and will work well with poultry, fish and lighter foods.  

2016 Weingut Willi Bründlmayer Ried Heiligenstein Riesling, Austria, Kamptal, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$40.00USD

Delicious, if young, Austrian Riesling.  Light golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose has some apples, slight lemon and slight diesel.  Medium to full bodied.  On the palate, clean with apples and lemons and nice minerality.  Dry.  Strong, lovely acidity.  Long finish.  This will continue to mature and improve for another five to ten years and drink well for ten to twelve after that.  It is great on its own and very versatile (and probably better) with food.  It went well with Quiche.  

2014 Weingut Knoll Riesling Selection Ried Pfaffenberg Steiner, Austria, Kremstal, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2014
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$70.00USD

Golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose has some diesel and schist along with a bit of lemon/lime.  Full bodied.  On the palate, tart lemons with an underlying minerality.  It does seem like there is a slight residual sugar. Good acidity.  This is a serious Riesling that should drink well for another ten to fifteen years (at least).  This drinks well on its own but will work better with just about any food.  It should be a nice match for Thai or Indian.  

2017 Hannes Sabathi Sauvignon Blanc Steirische Klassik, Austria, Südsteiermark, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$25.00USD

A Sauvignon Blanc from Austria, this was produced using sustainable farming methods.  12.5% ABV.  Silvery gold in color with a slight copper hue.  Clear and bright.  The nose is initially mineral driven but with a bit of air, some green pepper notes emerge.  With a bit more air, some lemons come out.  Finally, after almost two hours of air, there are some grassy notes along with some tropical fruit (papaya).  Fascinating to observe the evolution of the nose.

2001 Alois Kracher Cuvée Beerenauslese Cuvee, Austria, Neusiedlersee, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2001
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-

I am not sure what grape varieties go into the cuvee.  At age 20, it is great.  Copper in color, clear and bright.  The nose is gorgeous.  100 points for the nose.  Peaches, canned peaches, slight salted caramel, and minerality.  Full bodied and viscous.  Not as good on the palate, but still outstanding.  The peaches and canned peaches carry thru.  Remnants of sweetness remain but very little sweetness shows.  Nice acidity.  Long finish.  Just beautiful.  This drinks well on its own and will work with a not too sweet dessert.  Maybe a Pecan Roll would be good.  It is starting to slide downh

2005 Schloss Gobelsburg Riesling Langenlois, Austria, Kamptal, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2005
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-

This is drinking well for a mature, dry Riesling.  Golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose takes a moment then opens to show pineapple and minerals.  On the palate, the pineapple carries thru along with a vegetarian tzimmes (a jewish dish that involves slow cooking root vegetables and fruits).  This has a nice tartness that gives it plenty of energy.  The finish is long but does have a slightly bitter note.  All in all, this is enjoyable and while it improved over a couple of hours with air, I think it is getting ready to start a slow decline.  Still, it should have at least five to se

2018 Tement Sauvignon Blanc Südsteiermark DAC, Austria,

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$20.00USD

Südsteiermark is a region in southeastern Austria that produces excellent, fruity Sauvignon Blancs which is exactly what this wine is.  This is one of this producers entry level bottlings.  Yellow/gold/green in color.  The nose is pretty with pears, slight gooseberries, limes and minerals.  On the palate, the limes and gooseberries stand out although there is some underlying minerality.  Fresh with lots of energy.  Long finish.  This should be consumed in the next year or two.  It drinks well on its own and will work well with lighter fowl or seafood dishes.  

2011 Jagini Zagersdorf, Austria, Burgenland, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2011
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$50.00USD

This is made from the Blaufrankish grape.  Really an excellent wine.  This is deep ruby in color, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose is great with sour cherries, plums, dust, baking spices, anise and a slight meaty note.  Complex and big.  Full bodied.  On the palate, this is delicious.  Lots of upfront plums turning to sour cherries.  Underneath is a meaty/earthy quality with some black pepper.  Like a mythical cross of Cote Rotie and Oregon Pinot Noir.  This is complex and lively.  It seems like it is near peak but then again it drinks youthfully.  Without much experience with this grape

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