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Today's Wine Tasting Note

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Cracking the $20 barrier is a real challenge for me for a white wine, but based on the wonderful Smaragd Grüner Veltliner we enjoyed recently, I'm learning to consider breaking this rule for the excellent whites from Austria's Wachau region. This wine proved well worth the toll, and if the fruit isn't the most forward element, the mineral and aromatic qualities certainly made up for that.

Franz Hirtzberger 1994 Spitz/Donau - Wachau Steinterrassen - Riesling Federspiel ($22.99)
Clear straw color. Powerful Riesling "petrol" aroma backed by aromatic pine and slate. Ripe apple fruit flavor over piercing acidity, cleansing and tart. Stone fruit and mineral aromas persist in a very long finish. U.S. importer: Milton S. Kronheim & Co., Inc., Washington, D.C.; A Terry Theise Estate Selection. (March 13, 1998)

FOOD MATCH: A simple but excellent omelet made with fresh free-range eggs and three-year-old Gouda.

All my wine-tasting reports are consumer-oriented. In order to maintain objectivity and avoid conflicts of interest, I purchase all the wines I rate at my own expense in retail stores.

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