Riesling Report: Alzinger Riesling Durnsteiner Federspiel, 2008

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From the Wachau. The scent reminded us of sage and stones, and the wine is full of the flavors of herbs and frilly lettuces, endives tossed in lemon. We tasted matcha and chives, tart green strawberries—this wine has a bite to it. As it opens up in the glass, muddled peaches and lime wedges, a splash of tonic and a mouthful of minerality.

This wine was a little austere for us (one taster said it was 'businesslike') but would be a refreshing accompaniment for pork chops or bratwurst with mustard, rosemary-rubbed hams or a platter of cold chicken on a hot day.

Around $26, sample provided for review.

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