"90 out of 100…A sweetly ripe tropical fruitiness of pineapple and pink grapefruit marks the F. X. Pichler 2012 Gruner Veltliner Smaragd Liebenberg, to which a positively sizzling impingement of citrus zest, pineapple core and white pepper lends counterpoint. There is a faintly soapy texture, and the aforementioned sizzle is reinforced in the finish by slightly noticeable (even though analytically only 13.5%) alcohol. Some terroirists (like myself) might anticipate a cooling and dynamic influence from the active lime in this vineyard’s soil, but it isn’t forthcoming. My explanation is that the tendency toward slight shriveling of berries in this site – also, of course, arguably a terroir factor – counteracts any such chalk influence, as well as resulting in a diminished sense of juiciness. All in all, this rich, rather static wine is likely to appeal most before 2017." - David Schildknecht, Wine Advocate
"97 out of 100...Wonderful aromas of lychee and citrus with some fresh herbs such as rosemary. Sweet figs, too. Full-bodied, richly fruit and incredibly mineral with slate and sliced pears. Some petrol as well. Flavorful and intense on the finish. Superb. - James Suckling
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