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Emmerich Knoll Gruner Veltliner Ried Kreutles Smaragd 2016

Emmerich Knoll Gruner Veltliner Ried Kreutles Smaragd 2016

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"Scents of green bean, rhubarb and Szechuan pepper set the tone for a palate performance that is crunchy and tart, and a finish that adds smoky and incisive notes as well as an invigorating bite of cress. There is a sappy sense of concentration here that befits a Smaragd, yet allied to a surprising sense of lift for a wine of that genre. The finish also boasts a sense of transparency to crystalline mineral impingements that I don’t typically associate with wine from the relatively gentle slope and deep soil of Kreutles. Drinking window: 2018-2025. 92 points

The Knolls avoided any significant frost damage and ended up with a relatively normal-sized crop. “Ripening was quite drawn out,” said Emmerich Knoll senior, “so we didn’t finish picking until mid-November.” Sporadic rains in October caused the berries to take on water several times, he reported, but each time it dissipated before it could have any adverse effects. “If it hadn’t been for that phenomenon,” he noted, “we would have harvested many of our parcels earlier. But I have to say that we were rewarded in those instances where we waited.”

David Schildknecht, Vinous (12/18)