Prager Gruner Veltliner Smaragd Achleiten  2012 750ml
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Prager Gruner Veltliner Smaragd Achleiten 2012

Prager - Lower Austria - Austria

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Rated 94 by Robert Parker
The Prager 2012 Gruner Veltliner Smaragd Achleiten delivers a scintillating aromatic bouquet of iris, green tea and herbal essences. On a glossy, silken, buoyant palate, ginseng, iris root, beet root, citrus rind and Bosc peach are suffused with those elements found in the nose, conveying a metaphorically cooling yet piquant as well as both soothing and refreshing impression. The savory interface of herbal essences, mineral salts, iodine-tinged crustacean shell reduction, and roots renders the long finish here saliva-inducing and next sip-compelling.
Rated 93 by Wine Spectator
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Winery: Prager

Vintage: 2012

2012 has, so far been a positive year for wineries around the world. While it may be a little too early to speak of the wines being made in the northern hemisphere, European and North American wineries have already begun reporting that their harvesting season has been generally very good, and are predicting to continue with the kind of successes they saw in 2011. However, 2012 has been something of a late year for France, due to unpredictable weather throughout the summer, and the grapes were ripening considerably later than they did in 2011 (which was, admittedly, an exceptionally early year). French wineries are claiming, though, that this could well turn out to be advantageous, as the slow ripening will allow the resulting wines to express more flavour and features of the terroir they are grown in. The southern hemisphere has seen ideal climatic conditions in most of the key wine producing countries, and Australia and New Zealand particularly had a superb year, in particular with the Bordeaux varietal grapes that grow there and which love the humidity these countries received plenty of. Also enjoying a fantastic year for weather were wineries across Argentina and Chile, with the Mendoza region claiming that 2012 will be one of their best vintages of the past decade. Similar claims are being made across the Chilean wine regions, where Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon had an especially good year. These two grape varietals also produced characterful wines on the coastal regions of South Africa this year.

Varietal: Gruner Veltliner

The highly versatile Gruner Veltliner varietal grapes have been grown for many centuries in central and eastern European countries, and are still widely drunk and celebrated around Austria, Czech Republic and Slovakia. Whilst they are not seen much elsewhere around the world, in recent years they have been cultivated in certain parts of the United States and in a few other New World countries. These pale skinned grapes grow most successfully in cooler climates, and are popular with wineries due to the fact that they are relatively hardy and resistant to disease. Gruner Veltliner grapes are also much appreciated for the fact that they hold some unique flavors which come about because they express their terroir very well, and are often most commonly associated with flavors of citrus fruits, peaches and peppery, tobacco notes.

Country: Austria

For over four thousand years, Austria has been home to some of Europe's finest wines, with a strong domestic wine industry which is beginning to be once again recognized for its world class quality. All over the eastern part of the country, and even in the capital, Vienna, small wineries are working with the grape varietals which flourish in the country's hot summer climate and mineral rich soils, fed by the Danube and other great rivers which cross the flat lands of this part of Austria. Most commonly, wineries work with the Grüner Veltliner grapes which grow so well here, and produce the dry and elegant white wines which typify Austria's viticultural produce. However, many other fine grape varietals are grown and used for a wide range of wine styles, including some extremely interesting sweet white wines similar to those found in neighboring Hungary.

Free-Shipping-Sale: June Free Shipping Sale

Take advantage of our June Inventory Reduction sale and Stock up for the summer. Over 40 wines on sale with dramatically reduced in pricing. In addition when you buy any 12 bottles from the sale we will throw in FREE GROUND SHIPPING. Browse selections from California, Bordeaux and Italy with prices starting at only 10.94 a bottle. The vast majority of the wines in the sale are Rated 90+ with some Top 100 sprinkled in. This sale will only last until the end of June and supplies are limited to what we have on hand currently so shop early for the best selection. This offer cannot be combined with any other offers. Must purchase 12 bottles for the June Free Shipping Sale category to receive free ground shipping offer. Items purchased outside of sale items will be charged regular shipping rates. Offer expires 6/30/14.