Mantlerhof 2000 Kremstal Grüner Veltliner Spiegel ($13.99)
This is a clear, pale-gold wine with a slight greenish hue. Stony minerality is joined on the nose by ripe white fruit with aroma notes of honey and almonds and spicy white pepper. Full-bodied fruit flavor, peaches and pears, offer a luscious texture at first; a core of steely acidity becomes more evident on the palate, segueing to a lemony tang in a very long finish. "Spiegel" ("mirror" in German) is the vineyard name. US Importer: Michael Skurnik Wines, Syosset, N.Y.; a Terry Theise Estate Selection. (Jul 1, 2004)
FOOD MATCH: A simple dish of pork chops pan-braised with onions makes a natural match.
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