Excellent 07 Smaragd from #Prager
Served over 3 nights (argon/fridge). Paired 👍w/chicken stir fry,eggs&more. My fave Riesling now. — 5 years ago
#Prager 2003 sweet Claire late harvest Riesling wonderful, sweet fruity — 7 years ago
Prager Gruner Veltliner Smaragd Achleiten "Stockkultur" 2015
Ironically the Bodensteins were in NYC while we were in the Wachau so we did not get to meet them or taste the 2015s. Prager has a knack for very balanced and precise wines deeply reflective of the best expressions of terroir in the Wachau. I was stoked to see this on the shelf tonight and had to open it.
"Stockkultur" means single stalk planting, exactly like you would see in the Northern Rhone. It's rare to see this kind of vine style in the Wachau, but was more common years ago. It's then no surprise to learn the 1 acre le dieu was planted in 1938 within the Achleiten vineyard.
We have an exceptional Gruner here, one of the best of the trip and rivaling Hochrain and Achleiten from Rudi Pichler.
A light to medium gold color. The nose was coiled tight revealing lime, green apple and stoney minerality.
The palate was more open, the juicy green apple and lime worked perfectly with the mouth watering acids that seemed well integrated. Medium bodied but so much density and dry extract. The finish was juicy as well, with purity, density and very good length.
#prager #achleiten #stockkultur #grunerveltliner — 6 years ago
One of the single greatest Riesling experiences for me ever. Totally dry, this was an absolute treat and paired perfectly with my beef dish. Yup, beef with white wine kids!
The color was amber with deep gold accents.
The nose showed clear and vivid honey, baked spiced golden delicious apples, with a beam of saline and minerality.
The palate was multi-dimensional, showing excellent complexity following the nose with baked apples, apple skin, a touch of honey, finishing with a pure and powerful snap of acidity and saline. Barely a touch of oxidation persists here or in the nose. Sometimes you catch a mature wine at the perfect time and I believe that this is one of those times.
Kind of a scary color at first before smelling and tasting, but fret not the wine was sound with a clean nose and palate.
#prager #riesling #oldwinesaremagical — 6 years ago