FX Pichler Duo
2016 Ried Steinertal Smaragd Gruner Veltliner
(96 JS, 95 WE, 92-93 WA)
Juicy, ripe pear notions and bright Mandarin accents swirl enticingly on the nose of this wine. They dominate the streamlined, brisk palate for now, but underneath, the savory, herbal and intriguing saltiness of Grüner Veltliner shimmers. Along with sage, thyme and miso flavors, they make their full, satisfying appearance on the dry finish. This has both charm and depth. Drink 2020–2030.
2016 Ried Kellerberg Smaragd Riesling
(100 JS, 96 WE, 95 WS 94-96 WA)
Wonderfully aromatic notions of blood orange zest and ripe Meyer lemon swirl on nose and palate of this wine. Its slender yet concentrated body imbues that citrus tautness with hints of richer fruit—think juicy Mirabelle plum and ripe orange. A lemon note keeps the balance firmly in the tart camp, making for a zesty, intense and clean midpalate and finish. That blood orange aroma lingers magically. Drink 2020–2035.