Friday, March 04, 2011

Prager Pair

Prager Riesling
Smaragd Steinriegl 2007

Wachau, Austria
Memorable Rieslings...Clos St Hune from Alsace....that Aussie (Polish Hill)...a few Germans...Hirsch from Austria...and this one?
At 3 years old it is already very drinkable...the first turn-on for me...a slight whiff of class petroleum. Pear aroma streams from the glass as well...superb balance here...sweet & steely all in one...and the palate just loving the bouncy minerals. A thrilling wine...
Points 17.75


What should have been a great comparison...turned out to be a slight anti-climax. Not Prager's fault....

Prager Grüner
Veltliner Achleiten
Smaragd 2007

Wachau, Austria
Is that a slight trace of cork?...so faint...you just aren't sure. The style is, again, so Prager-like...you could identify his wines almost blind.
White pepper...stones from a cool stream...palate is quite full...not much acidity...and seemed to be holding back...it is tainted...what a pity...nice...but would be much nicer without the 'unwanted make-up'
Points 16.5

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