Prager Gruner Veltliner Smaragd Achleiten  2012 750ml
SKU 750486

Prager Gruner Veltliner Smaragd Achleiten 2012

Prager - Lower Austria - Austria

Professional Wine Reviews for Prager Gruner Veltliner Smaragd Achleiten 2012

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
Read More... Additional information »
 
$57.94
Bottle
Check Availability 
Add 12 more to get fixed rate shipping

750ml
94Robert Parker
93Wine Spectator
90Stephen Tanzer

More wines available from Prager Winery

Prager Gruner Veltliner Smaragd Achleiten 2012 Customer Reviews

Customer Also Bought

Additional Information on Prager Gruner Veltliner Smaragd Achleiten 2012

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

For centuries now, wineries in central and eastern Europe have been growing and cultivating the fine, pale skinned Gruner Veltliner varietal grapes for wine production. In more recent years, Gruner Veltliner has spread to several New World countries, where it is growing in popularity and is widely appreciated for its mineral-rich flavors and the fruity, spicy notes most commonly associated with the varietal. Gruner Veltliner has the much sought after ability to express many of the features of its terroir, and as such is favored by people looking for unusual and unique flavors and characteristics. Gruner Veltliner is also a highly versatile grape, and can be aged well, or used for sparkling wines and still, dry white wines of excellent quality and character.

Country: Austria

Austria has a wonderfully long and illustrious history of wine production which stretches back over four thousand years, and reached its zenith under the Austria-Hungary dual monarchy in the late 19th century, when Vienna was one of the most important centers of culture and fine living in the world. Today, Austria's fertile soils and long, hot summers help the fifty thousand hectares of vineyards in the country achieve exceptionally high quality yields, which are used primarily for the production of the elegant dry white wines for which the country is renowned. The most important grape varietal is still Grüner Veltliner, although many wineries are beginning to expand their repertoire and experiment with many imported grapes from France and further afield, including Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

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.