Posts Tagged Austria

Uniquely Austrian: A Heurigen Hike

The Grinzing neighborhood of Vienna is the home of the heuriger — a unique version of a winery tasting room. By Bob Johnson I have a feeling I would have liked Austrian Emperor Joseph II. Among the numerous reforms he enacted, he ended... Read more

2004 F.X.Pichler Grüner Veltliner Smaragd Loibner Loibenberg, Wachau, Austria

Wildflower honey, Alpine breeze, lavender, rosemary, roast chicken and freshly churned butter on the nose, with an enjoyable, not cloying sweetness. Round and full in the mouth, with a supple intensity. Exceptional Gruner from an exceptional... Read more

2002 Weingut Hirsch Riesling Gaisberg, Kamptal, Austria

Smoked nuts, gasoline and tropical fruit prove an unusual but alluring combination in this wine, which speaks to a very good harvest year. Dry and crisp, it's clear that this is a "different kind" of Riesling, far unlike the sweet and floral stuff... Read more

NV Franz Strohmeier Schilcher Frizzante, Austria

Not your everyday sparkling wine – and that’s not a bad thing, either. Franz Strohmeier is clearly an artisan producer; just check out some of his bottlings, all of which are driven by the terroir of Western Austria. Off-beige pour (What the... Read more

Austria: Eschewing the Whoosh for Wine

By Glen Frederiksen Most everyone knows that modern winemaking traces its roots to Europe. France, Italy, Germany, Portugal and Spain have been making wines in a “modern” style for some 500-plus years now. But have you experienced wines... Read more

2009 Laurenz V. ‘Charming’ Grüner Veltliner Reserve, Kamptal, Austria

Not many Grüner Veltliners can stand alone as an aperitif wine — but this one can. There’s a lot of peach and melon in the nose, leading to sweet and expansive fruit in the mouth, where it picks up some spice. There’s also a nutty impression... Read more

2010 Pfaffl ‘Haidviertel’ Grüner Veltliner, Weinviertel, Austria

There’s a fair amount of effervescence in this straw-colored wine, but drink up because those tiny bubbles dissipate quickly. This is old-school Grüner Veltliner, with a steely nose showing gunflint, pepper and citrus. In the mouth, rich and ripe... Read more

2010 Leth Grüner Veltliner, Qualitatswein, Steinagrund, Austria

Oil of orange dominates the nose of this medium straw-colored wine, joined by some slate, minerality and a hint of smoke. There’s plenty of tart fruit in the mouth, but the finish evaporates rather than cascades — a mild disappointment for an... Read more

2010 Türk Grüner Veltliner, Kremser Weinberge, Austria

Light straw in color, with some effervescence in the glass. There’s a sharp apple note in the nose, along with a hint of woodsiness. Bright and crisp in the mouth, the wine picks up some lemon and lime flavor. A good bet to evolve nicely over the... Read more

1999 Franz Hirtzberger Gruner Veltliner, Rotes Tor, Austria

Golden amber color. Great complexity. Smoke. Flint. Baked apple. Lemon oil. White pepper. Unctuous on the palate, but with a lively acidity. MSRP: $32.99 (April 2003) Wine Lines rating:... Read more