• Nanda wrote: 90 points

    October 13, 2021 - Casual dinner at Testacio: Honey and sweet apple with some diesel. Palate is big, round and powerful with lots of diesel and smoke. Interesting for sure.

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  • acyso wrote: 93 points

    October 13, 2021 - Dinner at Testaccio (Chicago, IL): Ugh, I hate having to admit that Salil is right (especially about stuff like dry riesling). This wine was pretty damn good. It started out very peachy and fruit forward, somewhat Keller-like but lacking the weight on the backend. There's a little bit of white pepper and spice here, but it's at the end of the dinner where this really started singing -- this became so incredibly saline, and the mineral lift emerged prominently on the finish. Compelling stuff. Am I going to run out and buy more dry Austrian riesling after this? Not yet.

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  • prof b wrote: 95 points

    February 11, 2018 - Sunday at Salil's: Salil opened this up for me. It was an amazing bottle of wine. White fruit, petrol, beeswax, and lemon peel came through on the nose. On the palate this was equally complex and perfectly balanced. A true pleasure to drink.

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  • salil wrote: 97 points

    February 11, 2018 - I've had some amazing bottles of this over the past few years, but this was on another level. Spectacular aromatics; it starts out with peach and petrol but with time turning more mineral and smoky, and a palate that is beyond anything I can describe. This has every facet of great Riesling; fruit, spice, honey, and incredible minerality all coming together with a combination of palate-staining intensity and remarkable finesse and lightness on the palate.

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  • El_Toro Likes this wine: 94 points

    April 1, 2017 - What a stunning riesling. For an austrian wine very cool style if you can say so with lots of botrytis

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  • salil wrote: 91 points

    June 29, 2015 - A sub-par showing, not quite on the level of previous bottles that I've enjoyed, though still a really impressive wine. There's an astringent quality to the nose with a stony/asphalt-like note dominating, and the fruit and floral elements rather reticent. The palate is another matter entirely - it's incredibly plush and layered with an array of ripe orchard fruits, flowers, and mineral notes, great complexity and remarkable focus and persistence. Still a really enjoyable wine to drink, but this didn't come close to the heights of other bottles I've had in the past.

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  • drwine2001 wrote:

    February 19, 2015 - Deep yellow. More citrus than stone fruit on the nose, only a trace of secondary aged Riesling aromas. Medium weight, definitely not as densely packed as some of these Austrian Smaragds. Dry, intense, bitter citrus, tea, and peach in descending order. Absolutely show stopping acidity and stone at the back end. A great bottle and the best showing since 2012. In between, I've had bottles that seemed tired in comparison.

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  • drwine2001 wrote:

    April 12, 2014 - Full yellow. Peach and black tea with a bit of honey. Very full bodied, powerful fruit and good back end minerality. By the end of the bottle, the barest notes of oxidation crept in. Looking back at my notes over the past few years, now I think there is little question that this has peaked and lost some energy and excitement. Still at a high level but would advise drinking up-not the 30 year wine I once thought it might be.

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  • mdefreitas wrote: 94 points

    December 15, 2013 - Pre-Holiday Dinner @ Home: Uncanny how this can possess so much power yet be so weightless. A smack of citrus with a rocky saline wash in the finish. Lip pursingly good.

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  • salil wrote: 95 points

    December 15, 2013 - This is superb. Powerful, complex, intense yet elegant with layers of stony and saline mineral notes, ripe citrus and stone fruits, and developing savoury and smoky elements all coming together seamlessly. There's fantastic balance here with bright acidity and great length. Fantastic Riesling, one to both drink and hold.

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