Ried Scott Riesling 2005, Weingut Knoll, Smaragd

Single vineyard Riesling Smaragd (in Wachau “Smaragd” fruit is picked last, yielding age-worthy, structured wines) from one of Austria’s iconic domaines. Beautiful, bright concentrated lemon color in the glass. The nose is exuberant, offering a potpourri of ripe, prediminantly golden fruit across the spectrum: meyer lemon, bartlett pear, cantaloupe, dried peach, mango and cherry compote are all present in the bouquet. Subtle aromas of dried yellow flowers, river stones, basil and petrol add complexity. The wine is dry, but not without a few grams of residual sugar to add some charm. Full bodied, but beyond the ripe attack the fruit is leaner than the nose would lead one to believe; rather taut and mineral-driven with fresh acidity for a wine bottled thirteen years ago. The finish is long and refleshingly salty. High-energy stuff. Not inexpensive but made for the dinner table and worth
 every penny! W.M.

Batroun Mountains Riesling 2015

Pale gold color, aromas of bartlett pear, pineapple and honey. Layered fruit on palate with rather rich, round mouthfeel and lifted acidity. Surprisingly ripe and juicy. Minerality very neatly interwoven; nothing tart or sour on this dry Lebanese mountain Riesling. Enjoy with brie or lobster bisque. W.M.

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