Weingut Knoll

Trefethen Family Vineyards

Reserve Oak Knoll District Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Well balanced cab. No parts too much or little. Firm tannins, some fruit — a month ago

O'Brien Estate

Estate Bottled Napa Valley Merlot 2015

BlackBerry Dark cherry flavors Another wonderful bottle of O’Brien — 3 months ago

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Trefethen Family Vineyards

Oak Knoll District Cabernet Franc 2020

Blackberry, pepper nose, medium tannins nice lingering finish. Glad I pulled out glasses from a tasting event. Really does make a difference. — 4 months ago

Weingut Knoll

Loibner Riesling 2022

Clean, linear, and refreshing. — 5 months ago

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Weingut Knoll

Loibner Vinothekfüllung Smaragd Wachau Riesling 2019

Honeyed peaches and pears layered over heady floral, cardamom, and Saigon cinnamon aromas and nicely balanced petrol notes. Super dense on the tongue with a beautiful finish in which minerals come forward. Outstanding Riesling. — 3 months ago

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Weingut Knoll

Ried Loibenberg Loibner Smaragd Grüner Veltliner 2017

This Emmerich Knoll Smaragd Grüner Veltliner is a stunner!  

It comes from the Wachau region of Lower Austria where the best vineyards are planted on steep terraced slopes overlooking the Danube River. A unique feature of this region is its classification of dry white wines according to ripeness, translating to an associated style and quality.

The “Smaragd” designation is at the top of the ripeness pyramid, awarded to those wines with the most body and concentration of fruit character, having at least 12.5% ABV. 

This means the fruit used to produce Smaragd wines likely came from the best vineyard sites to ensure sufficient ripeness to achieve these qualities, as is the case with this wine hailing from the prized growing environment of Loibenberg.

In a blind tasting setting, what would I look for to try to identify this wine? 

For Grüner, I’d look for asparagus or other delicate vegetal/herbal notes, next to a peppery spice, citrus and green fruits, made in an unoaked (or neutral oak) style, with medium (+) to high acidity.

To further qualify it as a Smaragd, I’d look for indicators of quality with greater viscosity and a fuller mouthfeel, perhaps some riper, tropical and/or stone fruit dimensions, with greater intensity and complexity on the nose and palate overall. I’d look for a fine balance and medium(+) to long finish.

And this particular wine is hitting all of the marks!! It’s absolutely delicious. The kind of white you could decant.

Cheers to delicious, complex wines that would complement any occasion!

Weingut Emmerich Knoll “Loibenberg” Grüner Veltliner Smaragd (2017). 13.5% ABV.
— 4 months ago

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Weingut Knoll

Loibner Loibenberg Smaragd Grüner Veltliner 2002

Probably slightly past its prime - the acid has faded a bit. Still a nice wine. Floral and somewhat sweet smelling on the nose. Quite a bit of an amber color. Pretty deep. Nice. — 2 months ago

Ira, Severn and 5 others liked this

Weingut Knoll

Loibner Ried Kreutles Smaragd Grüner Veltliner 2018

Fleshy with great concentration. Developing. A touch of heat. Fabulous with pike filets & chanterelles. First dinner in Vienna. — 3 months ago

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Trefethen Family Vineyards

Oak Knoll District Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

Deep purple in color; bell pepper, plum, and cherries on the nose; bold tannins; high acidity; tastes like black cherries and cranberries with a long finish with a hint of black pepper at the end. — 5 months ago