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2014 Stadt Krems Riesling Grillenparz


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92 Points Vinous Media: 
A luscious core of apple and pineapple is tinged with anise and honey in this surprisingly rich, expansive yet animatedly juicy and transparent offering. Glimmers of alkalinity and stoniness, comparable to those exhibited in the corresponding Schieferterrassen bottling, lend an intriguing counterpoint. Suggestions of sweet-saline langoustine savor lead to an impressively sustained finish. Given that fermentation didn’t finish until the end of March (and even then left behind what is by local and estate standards an unusually high half-dozen grams of residual sugar), it’s fortunate that racking from the fine lees and bottling were delayed until well into summer. This represents another 2014 Stadt Krems success, remarkable considering that vintage’s challenges, especially to Riesling, but also given that the corresponding 2013, from one of the most propitious growing seasons for its region in modern memory, is not nearly its equal

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