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Rudi Pichler Smaragd Achleiten Riesling 2014

Riesling from Wachau, Austria
  • V92
12.5% ABV
  • JS97
  • RP93
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Winemaker Notes

Pale gold in color, with aromas of apples, anise, honeysuckle, white pepper and lime. On the palate the wine has firm acid, weighty mouthfeel and fine minerality lasting through the finish.

Pair with bacon-wrapped chicken breast, grilled pork tenderloin, or pan-seared sea scallops.

Critical Acclaim

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Bittersweet, musky perfumes of iris and narcissus well up from the glass, then persist on a palate otherwise dominated by fresh lime and apple. A tingling sense of crystalline mineral impingement, along with piquancy of nut oils, peach kernel and spruce resin, informs the long, penetratingly bright finish. Pichler has let this ferment to uncompromising dryness, clearly unafraid of any youthful tendency toward austerity.
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Rudi Pichler, Wachau, Austria
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The Pichler family has produced wine in Wösendorf since 1884. In 1997, Rudi III took over responsibility for the winery and expanded the vineyards.

Then, in 2004, he built a new cellar that not only meets today´s quality demands, but also brings together, architecturally, both the traditional and the modern.

As Austria’s most prestigious wine growing region, the landscape of the Wachau is—not surprisingly—one of its most dramatic. Millions of years ago, the Danube River chiseled its way through the earth, creating steep terraces of decomposed volcanic and metamorphic rock. Then harsh Ice Age winds brought deposits of ancient glacial dust and loess to the terrace’s eastern faces. Today these steep surfaces of nutrient poor and fast draining soil are home to some of Austria’s very best sites for both Grüner Veltliner and Riesling.

Wachau is small, comprising a mere three percent of Austria’s vine surface and, considering relatively low yields, represents a miniscule proportion of total wine production. Diurnal temperature shifts in Wachau facilitate great balance of sugar and phenolic ripeness in its grapes. At night cold air from the Alps and forests in the northwest displace warm afternoon air, which gets sucked upstream along the Danube.

Its sites are actually so varied and distinct that more emphasis is going into vineyard-designated offerings even despite grape variety. Grüner Veltliner and Riesling are most prominent, but the region produces Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc (Weissburgunder), Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc and Zweigelt among other local variants.

Riesling

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A regal variety of incredible purity and precision, Riesling possesses a remarkable ability to reflect the character of wherever it is grown while still maintaining easily identifiable typicity. This versatile grape can be just as enjoyable dry or sweet, young or old, still or sparkling, and can age longer than nearly any other white variety. Riesling is best known in Germany and Alsace, and is also of great importance in Austria. The variety has also been particularly successful in Australia’s Clare and Eden Valleys, New Zealand, Oregon, Washington, cooler regions of California, and the Finger Lakes in New York.

In the Glass

Riesling is low in alcohol, with high acidity, steely minerality, and stone fruit, spice, citrus, and floral notes. At its ripest it leans towards juicy peach and nectarine, and pineapple, while in cooler climes it is more redolent of meyer lemon, lime, and green apple. With age, Riesling can become truly revelatory, developing unique, complex aromatics, often with a hint of gasoline.

Perfect Pairings

Riesling is very versatile, enjoying the company of sweet-fleshed fish like sole, most Asian food, especially Thai and Vietnamese (bottlings with some residual sugar and low alcohol are the perfect companions for dishes with substantial spice), and freshly shucked oysters. Sweeter styles work well with fruit-based desserts.

Sommelier Secret

It can be difficult to discern the level of sweetness in a Riesling, and German labeling laws do not make things any easier. Look for the world “trocken” to indicate a dry wine, or “halbtrocken” or “feinherb” for off-dry. Some producers will include a helpful sweetness scale on the back label—happily, a growing trend.

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