Austria, like many other wine regions, produces everything from sparkling wines to unctuous, long-lived dessert wines and everything in between. White wines, however, are Austria's true strength, with the clear leader being Gruner Veltliner which constitutes about a third of the country's vineyards. Though Gruner Veltliner is grown in numerous places around the world, the Austrian versions are superior. Dry Gruner is crisp and clean with flavors of pineapple and citrus, minerals, white pepper and often Arugula. In addition to Gruner, Austria also produces some fine dry Rieslings that tend to have a marked mineral character. While Austria is white wine focused, it certainly has some good red wines. Austria has Cabernet, Merlot, Blauburgunder, Zweigelt, Blaufrankisch and St. Laurent. Austria, like Germany, also has a tradition of dessert wine excellence. Austria is often able to ripen grapes to Trockenbeerenauslese levels and is able to produce some outstanding late harvest wines and at time, Eisweins.
"Offers lentil-like earthiness and hazelnut piquancy that add depth to a sappy matrix of fresh apple and sugar-snap pea. Polished in feel and modest in body, it finishes with an attractive combination of subtle creaminess with juicy refreshment."
"All cool and violet, the silkiest and least gushy of all our red Liters. It's round fresh and juicy with a sense of raw bacon; excellent quality in its echelon."
"Concentrated and complex with ripe apricot, peach and a touch of exotic fruit on the palate. Animated and ripe."
"96 Points- Wine Spectator. A thick rich and powerful sweetie with concentrated flavors of ripe pineapple, melon, and glazed apricot that are full and lush. Very creamy and spicy, this oozes witth pure honey notes, lingering on the slightly savory finish. Drink now through 2045."
"96 WS Seductively creamy and spicy, showing plenty of freshness and purity to its ripe grapefruit, toffee, honey and beeswax flavors. This complex wine offers notes of tarragon on the rich finish, which is filled with accents white chocolate. Drink now through 2050."
"95 WE, 94 WA, 93WS The Chardonnay-Welschriesling blend 2005 #7 offers impressive aromatic complexity, suggesting brown-spiced apple and quince jellies, glazed pineapple, dried apricots, honey, musk, and truffle. Tactile spice and surprising fresh fruit character derive contrast in the mouth from creamy, oily textural richness and suggestions of nut brittle and chocolate. This finishes with uncanny freshness and lift for a wine so rich and nobly rotten. Look for a good two decades of interesting evolution here."
"Ripe, tropical fruit characters over soft honeyed notes and subtle oak spice and butterscotch. Vibrant acidity with elegant citrus notes on the finish. Very harmonious."
"Fresh, friendly green pear notes glide all the way from nose to palate and make for easy, inviting summer drinking. The clean finish smacks of lemon."
"Black cherry and blueberry mix on nose and palate of this fruit-forward red. They are joined by a lively, invigorating pepperiness and balanced by freshness. This makes for joyful, uncomplicated but still sophisticated drinking. The cherry fruit lingers beautifully."
"Bold blackberry fruit is framed by notes of graham crackers or vanilla wafers. A bit crisp and lacking flesh, but showcases vibrant fruit, ending on a dry, dusty, tannic note."