WTN: 2001 Prager Durnsteiner Kaiserberg Riesling Smaragd

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WTN: 2001 Prager Durnsteiner Kaiserberg Riesling Smaragd

Postby Salil » Fri Apr 17, 2009 7:08 pm

It's usually quite debatable whether a $25 wine counts as 'great QPR', but in this case I can't see an argument when you're getting a stunning Smaragd Riesling from a top level Austrian producer for that price tag. One of the best deals I've gotten from HDH (and happily I have one more bottle of this sitting around).

This has beautiful flavours of lemon oil, smoke, pine cones, pear and citrus fruits with an intense rocky mineral character. Dry, powerful and concentrated in the mouth, gaining weight with air with tremendous focus and precision of flavour. Finishes long and clean with a very refreshing rainwater-like sensation on the back end. A fabulous wine that's really great to sit down and explore over a few hours.
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Re: WTN: 2001 Prager Durnsteiner Kaiserberg Riesling Smaragd

Postby Tim York » Sat Apr 18, 2009 4:02 am

Salil Benegal wrote:It's usually quite debatable whether a $25 wine counts as 'great QPR',


Not debatable for me. If you can get a top class wine like that for $25, that is perfect QPR. Equivalent prestigious white burgs, vulnerable to premox to boot, cost at least 3 to 4 times that. In my cellar, Fèlsina Rancia and Fontalloro costing €25-30 are equivalent values, equal or superior to Brunelli and Bordeaux costing at least double.
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Re: WTN: 2001 Prager Durnsteiner Kaiserberg Riesling Smaragd

Postby Bob Parsons Alberta » Sat Apr 18, 2009 9:20 am

I am with Tim. I would also like to add that perhaps here in N America we can find same bottle of wine for a lot less.
I just opened the Castle Rock Petit Sirah. Cost in AB-land was $18 Cdn, betcha around $10 in the States, so good QPR for them with my promising write-up!
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