October 2012 - 2012 Austrian Wine Review

This month's Wine feature is 2012 Austriann Wine Review Wines
2012 Austrian Wine Review Reviews
199223
Proidl
2009 Trockenbeerenauslese Riesling Vom Urgestein
Beautiful golden amber color. Aromas of peach cobbler, white toffee and toasty meringue with a satiny sweet medium-full body and a spicy apple pie, raisin and apricot marmalade finish with a hint of earth. Delicious.
99 points $32.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199232
Domaine Pöttelsdorf
2009 Exzellenz Blaufrankisch
Exotic aromas and flavors of potpourri, cassis, and spicy pumpkin and apple pies with a silky fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a layered cinnamon-clove spiced nuts, mocha and fine tannin finish. A superbly stylish red that will excel with prime rib or lamb. A world-class blaufrankisch.
99 points $36.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199110
Nittnaus
2009 Trockenbeerenauslese Sauvignon Blanc-Sämling 88
Interesting aromas of honeyed golden beets, plums, and mangos with a silky, fruity sweet medium body and a honey custard and tangy apricot-apple jam finish. Nice depth and range. Will pair fantastically with goat cheeses.
95 points $38.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199170
Martin & Anna Arndorfer
2010 die Leidenschaft Grüner Veltliner
Rich golden color. Bright aromas of creme brulee and banana-peach pie with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy honey, dried mango, pineapple and spicy praline nuanced finish. A delicious oak-aged gruner that will appeal to fans of rich chardonnays.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199188
Leo Hillinger
2009 Blaufrankisch Reserve
garnet color. Savory, meaty aromas of dried berries, pickled beets and okra with a silky fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy craisin, Asian spices, and earth accented finish with ultra fine tannins. A great lively and complex table wine.
95 points $44.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199209
Walter Skoff
2010 Royal Sauvignon Blanc
Bright golden yellow color. Bold toasty citrus pastry and marinated green pepper and tomato aromas with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a round, praline, roasted guava and pineapple driven finish. Delicious and sex, oak-influenced sauvignon.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199190
Leo Hillinger
2009 HILLside Burgenland
Aromas of pencil shavings, dried berries, and toffee with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a lush, tangy and complex spice, earth, and dried stone fruit finish. A delicious and appetizing red that will shine at the table.
94 points $33.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199130
Ewald Gruber
2010 Reserve Mühlberg Grüner Veltliner
Deep golden yellow color. Aromas of vanilla cream, spicy praline, and banana pie with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and kiwi tart, grilled lemon and melon sorbet finish. A flavorful nicely balanced oak aged gruner. Pair with roasted chicken and pork dishes.
94 points $40.12
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199200
Weingut Rücker
2011 Chardonnay
Aromas of honeyed toasted nuts and muffins and dried pineapples with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium body and a spicy apple pie and lemon custard finish. Very well balanced, refreshing and tasty. Pair with roasted chicken and turkey.
94 points $49.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199224
Familie Graf
2011 Grüner Veltliner
Smoky mineral, white peppercorn, and char-grilled fruit aromas with a very crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a melon, grass, and Meyer lemon driven finish. A vibrant racy, textbook example of gruner.
93 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199112
Winzer Gregor Schup
2008 Specula No. 6 Chardonnay
Interesting aromas of creamy nougat, passionfruit, guava, and Asian spices with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, pineapple and lemon accented finish. A zesty chardonnay that is a great foil for spicy shrimp and pasta dishes.
93 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199156
Höpler
2011 Pinot Blanc
Pale golden silver color. Aromas of ripe yellow apples and pineapple cake with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, kiwi, guava lime and praline accented finish. Very tasty and appetizing; pair with spicy grilled shrimp dishes.
93 points $15.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199117
Winzer Krems
2010 Kremser Wachtberg Grüner Veltliner
Aromas of toasted coconut, pepper and papaya mango relish with a silky tangy medium-to-full body and a nice medley of spices, herbs and zesty kiwi and apple notes. A vibrant reserve style that will be great with Latin fish dishes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199096
Umathum
2010 "Gelber & Roter" Burgenland
Bright lychee and rose aromas with a satiny dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, spicy peach chutney, honeyed apple, and earth finish. Very flavorful and balanced; pair with Thai food or sip ’til your heart’s content.
93 points $24.90
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199147
Steininger
2011 Grand Grü Grüner Veltliner
Very fruity aromas of tropical citrus, dried flowers, and nutmeg custard with a satiny, fruity medium-to-full body and a juicy, fruit and spice driven finish with great intensity. A great fruity reserve style gruner that is sure to please.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199199
Weingut Rücker
2009 Alte Reben Riesling
Bright golden color. Earthy aromas of lightly smoky minerals, herbs, and baked lemons and nectarines with a silky dryish medium-to-full body and passionfruit and grilled lime accented finish. Great dry style and vibrancy of varietal flavor.
93 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199169
Martin & Anna Arndorfer
2010 die Leidenschaft Riesling
Bright golden color. Aromas of toasty hazelnut brittle, pineapple cake, and stewed apples with a fruity medium-to-full body and a juicy, creme brulee and spice accented finish. A rich, fruity oak-influenced late harvest styled riesling that is sure to please.
93 points $47.49
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199125
Der Rebenhof
2009 Strohwein Südsteiermark
Pretty deep amber color. Concentrated aromas of dried peaches and apples, hazelnut brittle, and rye cracker with a supple, fruity-sweet medium-full body and a interesting savory herbal raisin twist on the finish. Fun and flavorful.
93 points $69.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199191
Leo Hillinger
2009 HILL 1 Burgenland
Purple color. Layered aromas of toffee, grilled pepper, dried currant and peppery spice with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a mouthwatering, chocolate covered citrus peel and berry finish with plush tannins. A very classy red to serve with the finest cuts of beef.
93 points $89.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199104
Dolle
2011 Weissburgunder
Pale silvery straw color. Aromas of peaches and Meyer lemon with a silky fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a pure concentrated nectarine finish. A beautiful and varietally pristine pinot blanc that will be a great aperitif or pairing with poultry.
92 points $7.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199186
Dolle
2008 Cuvée Année Niederösterreich
Garnet color. Aromas of cherry pie, cedar, and chocolate with a silky fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a juicy, layered finish with vanilla, toffee and tangy raspberry jam notes. A delicious, expertly oaked red that is sure to please.
92 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199120
Der Rebenhof
2011 Morillon
Bright apple, lime, and toasted nut aromas with a very racy fruity-yet-dry light-to-medium body and a tangy pineapple, nectarine, and dusty mineral finish. A bright, vibrant chardonnay that pairs like a riesling; try with spicy Asian seafood.
92 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199131
Ewald Gruber
2011 Grüner Veltliner
Aromas of bison grass, cream, and baked apple and lemon with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and tangy, tropical citrus and spice driven finish. A delicious gruner for all occasions.
92 points $17.38 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199192
Winzer Krems
2011 Blauer Zweigelt
Deep purple color. Delicately layered aromas of raspberries pie, spiced nuts, and marinated beets with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a juicy, cedar and pepper accented finish. A great zesty table wine or sipper; pair with veal and pork.
92 points $18 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199118
Winzer Krems
2010 Edition Chremisa Grüner Veltliner
Aromas of apricot, melon, and praline with a silky fruity, medium-to-full body and a honeyed apple, lime curd, pepper, and mineral accented finish. A superb, zesty gruner that hits all of the high notes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199099
Umathum
2006 Beerenauslese Burgenland
Pretty amber color. Rich golden raisin and apricot compote on toast aromas and flavors with a satiny, fruity sweet medium-full body and a nicely balanced, lightly mineral and dusty apple finish. A spot on BA that will be great with desserts.
92 points $24.90
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199202
Erwin Sabathi
2011 Poharnig Sauvignon Blanc
Golden silver color Aromas of grapefruit, waxy red pepper, and gooseberry with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a highly polished lemon, mineral, and grass finish. Great varietal character and poise. Will be great with tempura.
92 points $31.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199180
Umathum
2009 Unter den Terrassen zu Jois Pinot Noir
Distinct meaty cherry, fig, honeycomb, and nut aromas with a silky dryish medium-to-full body and a savory roasted apple and spice finish. A delicious balanced and dry pinot noir that will be great at the table with roasted meats.
92 points $59.90
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199204
Erwin Sabathi
2010 Merveilleux Sauvignon Blanc
Golden yellow color. Lightly smoky aromas and flavors of grilled lemon, kiwi and apples with a soft, dryish medium body and a round, grassy, nutty finish. Very serious structure and style. Pair with seared scallops.
92 points $59.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199179
Umathum
2008 Joiser Kirschgarten Blaufrankisch
Smoky roasted nut, cedar, grilled cranberries, and mocha fudge aromas with a supple, dryish medium body and a tangy, dried citrus, plum and grass accented finish. Nice intensity and depth; pair with spicy beef dishes.
92 points $69.90
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199198
Johanneshof Reinisch
2007 Grand Reserve, Holzspur St. Laurent
Dark garnet color. Aromas of dried morello cherry and praline with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, vanilla berry and tomato tart accented finish. A very fine table wine, pair with veal.
92 points $74.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199182
Hafner Family Estate
2011 Kosher/Organic Classique Zweigelt
Deep garnet color. Bright ripe cherry pie, vanilla buttercream, and blueberry gelato aromas with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, juicy finish with notes of tropical fruits, craisin, and flowers. A delicious, crowd-pleasing sipper.
91 points $8.49 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199187
Dolle
2008 Reserve Blauer Zweigelt
Dark ruby color. Aromas of boysenberries, praline, anise and earth with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a berries and custard, pencil shaving, and pear accented finish. Nice styled with oak, serve with grilled pork dishes.
91 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199216
Biohof Pratsch
2011 Rosé Zweigelt
Pretty silvery salmon color. Strawberry pie and cherry tart aromas and flavors with a fruity medium body and a precise, tangy, citrus and cream accented finish. A very snappy rose for all occasions.
91 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199119
Winzer Krems
2011 Kremser Goldberg Grüner Veltliner
Honeyed tropical fruit and melon sorbet aromas and flavors with a silky, fruity medium body and a tangy orange, mango and sweet cream accented finish. A delicious gruner for all occasions.
91 points $18 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199143
Müller
2011 Neubergen Riesling
Aromas peach, lemon, apple and a faint hint of rubber with a silky, fruity-yet-dry light-to-medium body and a tangy tropical citrus and grassy earth accented finish. A balanced, zesty riesling that will work with a broad range of cuisine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199135
Szigeti
NV Grüner Veltliner Brut
Bright golden yellow color. Aromas of lemon meringue and quince preserves with a vibrant tangy, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and with a mouthwatering apple, pear and lime driven finish. A great sipper or table sparkler that will shine with spicy Thai food.
91 points $20.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199175
Nittnaus
2009 Nit'ana Burgenland
Attractive aromas of chocolate covered blueberries and mocha gelato with a silky dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a nice dried meat, pepper, nut and earth nuanced finish. A great Latin steak wine.
91 points $22.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199129
Ewald Gruber
2011 Hundspoint Grüner Veltliner
Aromas of nougat, tropical citrus and meringue with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, citrus, mineral and peppery spice driven finish. Refreshing and balanced.
91 points $24.83
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199144
Müller
2011 Leiten Riesling
Aromas of exotically spiced apples and peaches with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy white strawberry, clementine and grassy earth accented finish with gripping fruit tannins. A great choice for spicy Latin seafood dishes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199196
Giefing
2009 Reserve Blaufrankisch
Earthy, rustic aromas of ink, clay, and grilled nuts and mulberries with a soft, tangy medium body and a mushroom, tomato and forest floor nuanced finish. This wine was made for grilled game.
91 points $36.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199203
Erwin Sabathi
2010 Pössnitzberg Sauvignon Blanc
Golden yellow color. Mild aromas and flavors of tropical fruit pastry and yellow pepper with a silky, dryish medium-to-full body and a grassy well integrated finish with pinpoint acidity. Pair with sushi.
91 points $38.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199195
Winzer Gregor Schup
2009 Guntramsdorfer Eichkogel Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet black color. Aromas of toffee, baking spices, sandalwood, and berry custard tart with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy pomegranate, peppered tomato, and herbal earth accented finish with fine tannins. A seriously structured table wine.
91 points $59.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199222
Proidl
2011 Senftenberger Pfeningberg Riesling Vom Urgestein
Mild aromas of lemon cream, nut, and apple with a supple fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a passionfruit, pineapple, and earth accented finish. A delicious inviting riesling.
90 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199123
Der Rebenhof
2008 Sauvignon Blanc
Pale golden color. Aromas of gooseberries, rubber leaf, and lemon custard tart with a tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a vibrant, mouthwatering passionfruit, kiwi and pepper spice finish. A sensational wine for the table.
90 points $16.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199137
Szigeti
2009 Edition Adele, Blanc de Blancs Brut Austria
Pretty golden yellow color. Mild aromas of lemon scone and quince jam with a crisp, effervescent dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy honeyed Meyer lemon, lime, and kiwi driven finish. Great acidity, will be superb with spicy grilled seafood.
90 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199152
Lenz Moser
2009 Klosterkeller Siegendorf, O'Dora Burgenland
Ruby black. Aromas of roasted coffee bean, pepper, and craisin with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a savory salted tomato, nutshell, and earth finish. A nice earthy red for the table. Pair with mushroom risotto.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199149
Steininger
2010 Grüner Veltliner Sekt
Bright golden yellow color. Ripe peach pastry and custard aromas with an effervescent fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and crisp, toasted citrus pastry and apple finish. A superbly appetizing sparkler.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199111
Nittnaus
2007 Trockenbeerenauslese Zweigelt
Reddish copper color. Aromas of baked fruits, nuts, herbs and faint dried meats with a silky fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a raisin, cocoa, and spice finish. A distinctive dessert wine that is the perfect foil for foie gras.
90 points $38.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199101
Dolle
2011 Gaisberg Grüner Veltliner
Aromas of nougat, pepper dust, and dried tropical fruits with a supple, dryish medium body and a citrus, melon, and earth driven finish. A classically styled gruner that will sing with seafood.
89 points $7.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199102
Dolle
2011 Heiligenstein Grüner Veltliner
Aromas of floral oil, tropical fruit tart with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a evenly balanced fruit, mineral and pepper driven finish. A well poised sipper that will do nicely with mussels and scallops.
89 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199172
Zantho
2010 Blaufrankisch
Lovely aromas of pickling spices, sandalwood, and roasted dates, pineapple and berries have a slight agave-like quality with a supple dryish medium body and a tangy, savory tomato, sour cherry and pepper accented finish. A nice savory table wine that will pair nicely with bbq pork and beef.
89 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199225
Familie Graf
2011 Gelber Muskateller
Bright floral orange blossom, lychee and dusty peach aromas with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tangy apple, mineral and Meyer lemon finish. A nice sipper or table wine with lots of versatility and appeal.
89 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199161
Hafner Family Estate
2010 Kosher Beerenauslese Scheurebe
Complex aromas of faintly smoky mineral, bay leaf, flax, nuts, leather, elderflower and dried fruits with a silky fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a tart apple and peach marmalade accented finish. Very nice layers. Pair with cheeses and tortes.
89 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199220
Proidl
2011 Senftenberger Ehrenfels Grüner Veltliner
Aromas of okra, sweet potato, and dried pear with a supple, dryish medium body and a honeycomb and apple accented finish. A rustic sipper to pair with roasted vegetables, rabbit and escargot.
89 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199217
Biohof Pratsch
2011 Weinviertel DAC
Aromas of melon, cream, and apple with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium body and a gentle, ripe fruit and peppery spice driven finish. A very tasty sipper.
89 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199157
Höpler
2011 Grüner Veltliner
Bright tropical fruit aromas with a crisp, dryish medium body and a melon, lemon, and grassy earth nuanced finish. A great choice for shrimp or chicken with Latin fruit relish.
89 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199211
Walter Skoff
2010 Grassnitzberg Weissburgunder
Pale golden silver color. Aromas and flavors of baked citrus and nectarines with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, lightly savory white strawberry, mineral and nut accented finish. A very jazzy pinot blanc for Asian chicken dishes and salads.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199141
Müller
2011 Bergkristall Grüner Veltliner
Interesting aromas of mango-papaya custard pie with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a lemon meringue and and green apple finish. A deliciously zesty and crowd pleasing gruner.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199210
Walter Skoff
2010 Grassnitzberg Morillon
Bright aromas of apple pie and pineapple buttercream with a silky fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a graceful praline, citrus and spice accented finish. A fine example of balanced oak-aged chardonnay.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199512
Der Pollerhof
2011 Traminer Gebirg
Bright pear butter and honey on nut toast aromas with a silky fruity medium body and a melon, peach, and apple sauce accented finish. A tasty, relaxed sipper or pair with scallops and sautéed fish.
89 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199145
Müller
2011 Mugeln Chardonnay Reserve
Aromas of apples, pears, and earth with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy pineapple, lime accented finish. Nice acidity makes this a natural choice for for grilled seafood and chicken dishes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199128
Ewald Gruber
2011 Terrasse Reipersberg Grüner Veltliner
Aromas of lemon meringue, flower patch and mango gelato with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a crisp, vibrant fruit driven finish that makes this a wonderfully sipper, or pair with Latin chicken dishes.
89 points $22.07
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199168
Martin & Anna Arndorfer
2011 Strasser Weinberge Riesling
Golden color. Aromas of passionfruit, lightly floral talc, and spiced apple with a silky fruity medium body and a tangy orange and melon sorbet finish. Very tasty.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199193
Winzer Krems
2009 Chremisa Edition Blauer Zweigelt
Deep ruby color. Interesting aromas of patchouli and sandalwood incense, pickled tomatoes, and raspberry jam with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, apple, melon and citrus accented finish. Tasty and refreshingly different. Pair with Middle Eastern dishes. especially with eggplant and lamb.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199132
Ewald Gruber
2011 Königsberg Riesling
Aromas of apples, peaches, and cream with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy Meyer lemon, orange and apricot finish. A zesty, riesling that will excel with spicy Asian dishes.
89 points $27.58
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199124
Der Rebenhof
2008 Herrenberg Sauvignon Blanc
Rather exotic and vibrant aromas of honeycomb, tomato jelly, and mango-papaya relish with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tart, savory citrus and smoky earth accented finish. Will be great with chicken and shrimp fajitas.
89 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199237
Weingut Mayer am Pfarrplatz
2011 Nussberg Riesling
Bright white blossom, green apple, and lanolin lotion aromas with a silky fruity-yet-dry medium body and a long, zesty, tropical citrus medley and minty herb accented finish. Very tasty; pair with Asian fish dishes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199148
Steininger
2011 Steinhaus Riesling
Aromas of exotic tropical fruits, peaches and cream with a supple fruity-yet-dry medium body and supple, delicate spiced apple, orange and melon accented finish. Great flavor and balance.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199197
Johanneshof Reinisch
2009 Grillenhügel Pinot Noir
Aromas of smoked nuts and cherries, vanilla and brown spices with a supple, dryish medium-to-full body and a tangy, marinated tomato and dusty apple accented finish. A layered table wine that will pair nicely with red sauce pasta dishes.
89 points $41.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199114
Winzer Gregor Schup
2009 Trockenbeerenauslese Zierfandler
Minutely hazy deep amber color. Rich aromas of toasted coconut, dried banana and pineapple-mango-papaya compote with supple, sweet fruity medium-to-full body and a nut oil, raisin, dried pear, and honeycomb finish. Nicely styled with oak and will be great with cheeses.
89 points $79.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199150
Lenz Moser
2011 Grüner Veltliner
Creamy lemon-lime meringue and coconut custard aromas with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a zesty lemon sorbet and mineral driven finish. A fun, flavorful crowd-pleasing gruner that would make a nice introduction to the grape.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199171
Zantho
2010 Zweigelt
Aromas of dill pickle, nut brittle and baked berries with a supple, dryish medium body and a savory sour cherry and marinated beet finish with dusty tannins. A nice earthy red to pair with lamb or goat.
88 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199107
Zantho
2011 Sauvignon Blanc
Pale golden color. Aromas of whipped cream, lemon, and praline with a soft dryish medium body and a nicely savory roasted citrus and pepper accented finish with bright acidity. Pair with crab legs or sushi.
88 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199226
Familie Graf
2011 Exclusiv Zweigelt
Garnet black color. Rich berry compote, vanilla nut fudge and baking spice aromas with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a deft touch of smoky earth on the finish.
88 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199206
Walter Skoff
2011 Grassnitzberg Sauvignon Blanc
Pale silvery straw color. Pleasant tropical fruit tart and melon aromas and flavors with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tart, crisp, green apple and grass finish. Serve with chicken lemon piccata.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199214
Biohof Pratsch
2011 Lange Riede Riesling Klassik
Attractive aromas of melon, bubblegum spice, apple, banana, and peach with a racy fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy lemon and orange accented finish. Intense acidity and broad range of flavors will cut through foods like a knife.
88 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199174
Nittnaus
2009 Famos Burgenland
Garnet black color. Aromas of dark chocolate covered espresso beans and toasty berry tart with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and tangy acai pomegranate, and gray salt accented finish. A well balanced, savory table wine.
88 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199178
Umathum
2010 Blaufrankisch
Dense aromas of buttery roasted cashew brittle, honeyed berries, and delicate herbs with a supple, dryish medium-to-full body a cranberry and cedar accented finish with firm tannins.
88 points $21.75
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199207
Walter Skoff
2011 Hochsulz Sauvignon Blanc
Complex aromas of mango, passionfruit, grapefruit and yellow pepper with a silky dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a round, tangy, earthy finish. Fun and flavorful.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199227
Domaine Pöttelsdorf
2009 Attaché Burgenland
Ruby black color. Aromas of stewed fruits, peppers and tomatoes with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy cranberry and toffee finish. A solid table wine to pair with roasted game.
88 points $23.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199139
Szigeti
2009 Pinot Noir Rosé Brut
Salmon amber color. Aromas of orange and apricot custards with a frothy dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, lime curd, apple tart and mineral driven finish. A lovely brut rosé for the table.
88 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199236
Weingut Mayer am Pfarrplatz
2011 Sauvignon Blanc
Pale golden straw color. Bright aromas of honeyed grapefruit and green peppers with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body with a nicely balanced citrus custard and mineral finish. A rock solid sauvignon to pair with Latin chicken dishes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199142
Müller
2011 Gottschelle Grüner Veltliner
Aromas of toasted meringue and almond brittle with supple, dry medium-to-full body and a creamy, papaya and lime tart accented finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199166
Hermann Moser
2010 Kellerterrassen Gebling Riesling
Aromas of waxy apples and floral peaches with a supple fruity medium body and a tangy orange and earth accented finish. A solid riesling for scallops.
88 points $27.50
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199208
Walter Skoff
2010 Obegg Sauvignon Blanc
Pale golden straw color. Aromas of melon, kiwi, and lightly yeasty lemon muffin with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tart pineapple and grassy finish. Very tasty; pair with grilled seafood.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199235
Weingut Rotes Haus
2011 Nussberg Reserve Grüner Veltliner
Lightly yeasty apple and pear cider aromas with a soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a tangy, orange and mineral accented finish. Excellent acidity for seafood.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199177
Höpler
2008 Rosenberg Pinot Noir
Aromas of pickling spices, peppercorns, roasted nuts and cherries with a supple dry medium body and a spiced apple and earth nuanced finish. A nice tangy pinot for pork and veal dishes.
88 points $33.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199113
Winzer Gregor Schup
2009 Specula No. 7 Chardonnay
Deep old color. Rich buttercream, brown spices, cola, and nut brittle aromas with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, earth pineapple and apple nut tart finish. A nicely styled oaky chardonnay.
88 points $49.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199189
Leo Hillinger
2007 Terrior Blaufrankisch
Aromas of dried berries, nougat, and clay with a silky dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy cranberry, honeyed citrus, and earth finish with powdery tannins. A solid choice for grilled lamb or Latin steaks.
88 points $69.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199238
Weingut Mayer am Pfarrplatz
2011 Nussberg Weißer Marmor Riesling
Aromas of dried apples, peaches, and pears with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a crisp lemon spritzed apple and mineral finish. A dry, nicely poised riesling that will shine at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199218
Proidl
2011 Senftenberger Rameln Grüner Veltliner
Mild kiwi custard tart and apple aromas with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy citrus, melon and grassy earth accented finish. A refreshing sipper or pair with spicy Asian fish dishes.
87 points $5.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199231
Domaine Pöttelsdorf
2009 Fass 2 Blaufrankisch
Aromas of boysenberry jam, sandalwood, chocolate and baking spices with a silky dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy baked apple and orange accented finish. Lovely balanced and zesty style; pair with grilled pork and duck.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199511
Der Pollerhof
2011 Frau Mayer Grüner Veltliner
Aromas of green apples and honeyed lemons with a supple, dryish medium body and crisp, mineral accented finish. A nicely balanced sipper.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199160
Hafner Family Estate
2010 Kosher Welschriesling Ice Wine
Golden yellow color. Aromas of warm apricot-raisin compote and creamy meringue with a soft sweet fruity medium body and a sweet cream, apple, and earth accented finish.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199159
Hafner Family Estate
2011 Neusiedlersee
Aromas of perfume and peaches with a fruity sweet light-to-medium body and honeyed apple and apricot finish. An attractive off dry sipper.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199221
Proidl
2011 Sentfenberger Ehrenfels Riesling Vom Urgestein
Aromas of honeyed pineapple cake and peach cobbler with a supple, fruity medium-to-full body and spiced melon and apple accented finish. A tasty riesling that will be great with spicy Latin chicken and fish dishes.
87 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199122
Der Rebenhof
2009 Sauvignon Blanc
Rich golden color. Aromas of spicy baked citrus, lychee and stone fruits with a hint of bubblegum. Soft and dryish medium-to-full bodied palate with a mix of savory carrot, gooseberry and grass notes on the zesty finish. Different; try with rabbit and pasta dishes.
87 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199228
Domaine Pöttelsdorf
2009 Vanessa Cabernet Sauvignon
Earthy aromas of ink, clay, nougat, and sweet pickled tomatoes with a silky dryish medium-full body and a savory and honeyed cranberry finish with parchment-like tannins. An intriguing wine to pair with boar and game.
87 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199154
Lenz Moser
2009 Klosterkeller Siegendorf, Rot Burgenland
Dark garnet black color. Aromas of raspberry tart, green peppercorn, and cream with a supple, dryish medium body and a tart cranberry, cedar, and savory tomato finish. A great choice for lasagna.
87 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199097
Umathum
2011 ROSA Burgenland
Pale ruby nickel color. Aromas of toasted strawberry pastry, bee pollen, and nuts with a tangy, dry yet fruity medium body and a crisp Meyer lemon finish.
87 points $19.90
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199133
Ewald Gruber
2011 Hinter Holz Chardonnay
Aromas of honey baked apples and nougat with a silky fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy pineapple and orange accented finish. Tasty.
87 points $24.87
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199215
Biohof Pratsch
2011 Rotenpüllen Grüner Veltliner
Pleasant honeyed apple and spice pear aromas with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy lemon and pineapple accented finish. A great choice for spicy Middle Eastern chicken dishes.
87 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199136
Szigeti
NV Cuvée Prestige Brut Austria
Pale silvery salmon peach color. Aromas of berries and praline with a crisp, tart medium body and a citrus-berry pastry and dusty mineral accented finish. Pair with roasted turkey.
87 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199100
Johanneshof Reinisch
2010 Satzing Rotgipfler
Golden color. Aromas of toasty praline and baked peach with a soft, dryish medium body and a honeyed toast, vanilla cream and baked apple finish. A nicely oaked sipper.
87 points $41.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199115
Winzer Gregor Schup
2009 Trockenbeerenauslese Rotgipfler
Unusual aromas of cigar tobacco, oily roasted nut, sandalwood incense, clay, and craisins with a supple fruity sweet medium-to-full body and an earthy, savory and honeyed finish. Different, but very interesting; try with cigars.
87 points $79.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199219
Proidl
2011 Senftenberger "Burg" Grüner Veltliner
Lovely aromas of melon, creme Anglaise, and fruit tart with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and tangy lime, starfruit, and grass snap on the refreshing finish. a zesty gruner to pair with spicy grilled chicken dishes.
86 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199162
Hermann Moser
2011 Per Due Grüner Veltliner
Grassy earth, melon rind, lemon and pepper aromas and flavors with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a racy, earthy accented finish. Nice varietal character and balance.
86 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199103
Dolle
2011 Gaisberg Riesling
Lovely aromas of apricot, meringue and apple with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a melon and cream accented finish. A very nice everyday riesling for sipping or the table.
86 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199163
Hermann Moser
2011 Karmeliterberg Grüner Veltliner
An attractive cornucopia of tropical fruit and delicate Asian spice aromas with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, honeyed Meyer lemon and kiwi finish. A very pleasant sipper.
86 points $11 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199105
Zantho
2011 Grüner Veltliner
Earthy flower bed, dried apple and citrus aromas and flavors with soft, oily dry light body and a melon, pepper, and steely mineral finish. Pair with oysters.
86 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199167
Hermann Moser
2011 Gelber Muskateller
Aromas of dried flowers, citrus oil and peach pit with a crisp, tangy light body and a tangerine and dusty mineral finish. A piquant sipper.
86 points $13.27 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199229
Domaine Pöttelsdorf
2009 Baronesse Blaufrankisch
Deep ruby color. Aromas of cherry, raspberry and grape jams with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a cedar, peppery spice, and apple skin accented finish with light dusty tannins. A nice sturdy red for the table.
86 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199234
Weingut Rotes Haus
2011 Nussberg Reserve, Gemischter Satz Wien
Aromas and flavors of honey, nuts, and spiced apples with a soft, dryish light body and a tart citrus and earth accented finish. A dry table wine to try with oysters and grilled chicken.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199109
Nittnaus
2009 Leithaberg DAC Blaufrankisch
Nuanced aromas and flavors of dark chocolate, char-roasted nuts, and toasty cedar with a supple, dryish medium body and a currant and salted tomato accented finish. A rock solid red for pasta and meat dishes.
86 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199212
Biohof Pratsch
2011 Steinberg Grüner Veltliner
Aromas of pineapple, guava and dried lime with a petillant dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy lemon-orange sorbet finish with laser-like acidity. A racy gruner for spicy shrimp dishes.
86 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199158
Höpler
2008 Trockenbeerenauslese Burgenland
Interesting aromas of honey baked peach, lemongrass, and bay leaf with a soft, fruity sweet medium body and a delicate raisin compote on toast finish. Pleasantly restrained.
86 points $46.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199205
Erwin Sabathi
2010 Merveilleux Chardonnay
Bold roasted nut and baked apple aromas and flavors with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smoky, grilled pineapple and mineral finish. A brash oaky chardonnay for fans of the style.
86 points $59.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199165
Hermann Moser
2011 "Green Eyes" Grüner Veltliner
Expressive aromas of white blossoms, peach, and citrus with a soft, dryish medium body and a crisp, Meyer lemon, leafy earth and mineral finish. A nice dry oyster wine.
85 points $7.50
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199155
Lenz Moser
2011 Pfiffikus Burgenland
Aromas of floral apple and peach jellies with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a refreshing lemon and grassy earth finish. A nice, dry table wine.
85 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199140
Müller
2011 Kremser Kogl Grüner Veltliner
Aromas of honeyed fruits, peas and beets with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and melon, lemon, pepper and earth finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199146
Leo Hillinger
2010 Pinot Blanc Reserve
Rich golden yellow color. Aromas of baked apples and spicy nougat with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and lightly oxidized oak notes of caramelized nuts, baked citrus, and grassy earth. Serve with poultry with cream or butter sauces.
85 points $39.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199194
Winzer Gregor Schup
2003 Eichkogel Ernte Thermenregion
Dull ruby color with a orange brick rim. Aromas of dried cherries, pipe tobacco, nougat and clay with a soft, dryish medium body and a gamey, marinated mushroom and drying earthy finish. An interesting older red that will be good with rabbit stew.
85 points $89.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199184
Hafner Family Estate
2011 Kosher/Organic "Queen of Sheba", Red Late Harvest Burgenland
Aromas of marinated beets and honeyed blackberries with a silky, fruity medium body and a crunchy apple tart, spice, and dusty tannin finish.
84 points $10.49
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199183
Hafner Family Estate
2009 Kosher Barrique Blaufrankisch
Aromas of jammy stewed berries and toffee with a soft, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a rhubarb pie, apple core, and dried citrus finish with grassy tannins. Pair with burgers.
84 points $10.49
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199116
Winzer Krems
2011 Ried Sandgrube Grüner Veltliner
Mango gelato, lemon curd and delicate spice aromas with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tart green apple and leafy earth finish. A very dry gruner for mussels.
84 points $11.90
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199173
Zantho
2010 St. Laurent
Garnet color. Cocoa dusted cherry aromas with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tart craisin and nut finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199181
Hafner Family Estate
2009 Kosher Reserve Pinot Noir
Aromas of mulberries, plums, apple sauce with a soft, dryish medium body and a touch of tomato, pepper, and chalk on the finish. A slightly rustic pinot to pair with boar and rabbit.
84 points $12.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199151
Lenz Moser
2011 Prestige Grüner Veltliner
Aromas of pineapple-coconut sorbet, nuts, and grassy earth with a soft, dry light-to-medium body and a melon rind, grass and lime finish. A solid quaffer.
84 points $12.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199121
Der Rebenhof
2011 Muskateller
Aromas of green nectarines and apple yogurt with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a flower patch and tart citrus accented finish.
84 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199233
Weingut Mayer am Pfarrplatz
2011 Wiener Gemischter Satz Wien
Aromas of honeyed nectarine, earth, and delicate spiced nuts with a soft, dry light-to-medium body and a crisp, apple core and lemon finish. A refreshing white that will be great with spicy fish dishes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199164
Hermann Moser
2010 Fortissimo Grüner Veltliner
Bright tropical citrus, gooseberry jam, and yellow pepper aromas are reminiscent of sauvignon blanc with a soft, dryish medium body and melon rind and grass earth finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199201
Weingut Rücker
2011 3 Lagen Grüner Veltliner
Mild aromas of yams, praline and dried pear with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a melon sorbet and mineral finish.
84 points $59.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199106
Zantho
2011 Muskat Ottonel
Mildly floral, lychee and peach aromas with a dryish light body and a lemon pith and dusty chalk eraser finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199153
Lenz Moser
2011 Siegendorf 11 1/2 Weissburgunder
Very pale silvery straw color. Aromas of lemon curd and soap with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a very tart candied lime peel and earth finish. A taut lemony white to serve with oysters.
83 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199138
Szigeti
NV Rosé Brut Austria
Brassy pale garnet color. Aromas of roasted raspberries and nuts with a crisp, frothy, dryish medium body and a tart currant and grassy earth finish. A sturdy sparkler for the table.
83 points $27.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199213
Biohof Pratsch
2011 Rotenpüllen Sauvignon Blanc
Pale golden silver color. Mild aromas of citrus and straw with a supple, dryish medium body and a tart, tannic lemon, grass and peach pit finish.
83 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199185
Hafner Family Estate
2008 Kosher Dornröschen Burgenland
Earthy nut brittle, coffee bean, and currant aromas with tart dry medium body and raw cranberry bush and hay finish with coating tannins.
81 points $22.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199108
Nittnaus
2011 Obere Wies Sauvignon Blanc
Smoky mineral, baked guava and passionfruit aromas with a soft, dryish medium body and an oily, grilled citrus, hay and melon rind finish.
80 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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