We just launched a new feature: My Charts. See your charts >

2012 F.X. Pichler Riesling Smaragd Dürnsteiner Kellerberg


  • Austria
  • Niederösterreich
  • Wachau
Drink between 2014 - 2022 (Edit)
CT93.3 18 reviews
Label borrowed from 2013
Label borrowed from 2011
Label borrowed from 2013
Label borrowed from 2013
Label borrowed from 2010
Label borrowed from 2014
Label borrowed from 2015
Label borrowed from 2009
Label borrowed from 2009
Label borrowed from 2016
Label borrowed from 2008
Label borrowed from 2007
Label borrowed from 2007
Label borrowed from 2006
Label borrowed from 2005
Label borrowed from 2004
Label borrowed from 2020
Label borrowed from 2003
Label borrowed from 2001

Community Tasting Notes 13

  • jkscully Likes this wine:

    May 19, 2023 - The fragrance is intense: honeysuckle, geraniums, and petrichor (like a wet pavement on a warm Spring day just after it rained) on the nose. On the palate, I get lots of honey with ripe tangerine, passion fruit, mango, ripe peach, pinapple, golden kiwi, golden raisons, and apricot along with some herbal flavors of tarragon, anise, bitter almond pit, and geranium. The fruit flavors tend towards tropicsal and there’s even a touch of coconut oil on the finish. Lots of slate and wet stone too. This has a salty mineral finish, which is really nice. Just a touch of cucumber and sorell on the finish, which I really love in Rieslings and it’s perfect here. Viscous texture, though I’d like a touch more acid. This seems like textbook Austrian Riesling and it is very good. It really sparkled on day 2. Superb. This could be a wine of the year.

    Good match with walnut and horseradish encrusted Hake and Persian walnut, goat cheese, and herb spread. Match made in heaven with Goldstein’s Roasted Pork with Onion cream sauce and apples. Wow, about as good as a pairing as you could get! I liked it on its own too. I tried it in the Zalto white wine, Grassl Liberte, and Riedel Sommelier Riesling glass and it was about the same in all of them, though I ended up going with the Grassl on day 1 and the Zalto on day 2. This seemed like it was in a good spot, but I think it had plenty of life left too.

  • NoTrollingerPlease wrote: 91 points

    May 7, 2022 - 10 years after Riesling tasting - 2012 (Restaurant Holz und Feuer, Kirchheim, Germany): Glass: Sophienwald Universal
    Clear, medium golden color. There is a huge discussion if FX Pichler had some wine making problems in 2011/2012. This Kellerberg had clear notes of band aid on nose and palate. Other than that it is a very good mineral Wachau Riesling with a beautiful tension and very good balance. Is it flawed? Depends on the view point. I will rate it 91-92

  • ChrisR Likes this wine:

    September 11, 2021 - Succulent, intense, very ripe honeyed lychee, apricot and melon, with a little toasted almond and herbs, and a slight petrol note on the finish. This was just bursting with fruit flavors. The honey note made me wonder if there was botrytis on the grapes, but I saw no mention of it in early notes. Typical body and texture for an Austrian riesling, which is to say, rich and a bit oily, with possibly a bit less acid than usual. This was fun.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • DrZett wrote: 91 points

    September 28, 2020 - Medium golden colored. Apricot, white flowers and lychee in the nose. Lemon zest, dried orange, apricot and soft brioche notes on the palate. Medium bodied with a good concentration and an nice medium intense acidity. Simple medium long finish with some petrol notes.
    A nice and enjoyable Riesling which is already a little past its prime in my opinion - so better drink up soon.

  • DougLee wrote: 93 points

    August 25, 2019 - Light gold color. Nose of biscuit, white flowers, apricot, apple core, white pear, and schist. Bursting with vibrant fruit on the palate with layers of lychee, peach, lime, and grapefruit accompanied by significant petrol component. Austere, stony spine. Long finish of white fruit with fresh tartness culminating in stony grip. Big, boisterous wine caught quite young with great bones for future evolution.

1 - 5 of 13 More notes

Pro Reviews 2

Add a Pro Review

Professional reviews have copyrights and you can view them here for your personal use only as private content. To view pro reviews you must either subscribe to a pre-integrated publication or manually enter reviews. Learn more.

Manage Subscriptions


  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    5/12/2014 (link)

    (F X Pichler, Dürnsteiner Kellerberg Riesling Smaragd Wachau White) Subscribe to see review text.


  • By Joel B. Payne
    Jul-13, IWC Issue #10144, 7/1/2013 (link)

    (F.X. Pichler Riesling Smaragd Kellerberg) Subscribe to see review text.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2012
  • Type White
  • Producer F.X. Pichler
  • Varietal Riesling
  • Designation Smaragd
  • Vineyard Dürnsteiner Kellerberg
  • Country Austria
  • Region Niederösterreich
  • SubRegion Wachau
  • Appellation n/a

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 14 (5%)
  • In Cellars 218 (71%)
  • Consumed 77 (25%)

Food Pairing

No food pairings available.

Who Likes This Wine

100% Like It  8 votes

More About This Wine


Report a Problem

© 2003-23 CellarTracker! LLC.

Report a Problem