Sleek, clear, winsome yet authoritative wines from the kindly hands of the newest Wachau superstar, Leo Alzinger Sr! And now, after a practicum with the renowned winemaker Hans Gunter-Schwartz (ex-Muller-Catoir), Leo Alzinger Jr helps. Every vintage since 1995 is amongst the best collection in Austria. Alzinger’s wines are uniformly threaded into skeins of nuance and even when they’re at their biggest they’re always shapely and lissome. They aren’t delicious because they’re great; they’re great because they’re delicious.
Subtle and delicate; green beans and broccolini; a sneaky sideways length; salty mid palate with some marjoram resinousness; classy but not overt or upfront, though it does show the classical Austrian endless finish. (Really, pay attention; it seems to leave and then returns and clings to your palate for 5-10 minutes or longer.) ~Terry Theise