The Unmistakable Magic of Alzinger:
2017 Alzinger Riesling Loibenberg Smaragd

Posted by Joe Salamone

No one does intensity and detail quite like Alzinger. This signature is always on bold display in the Loibenberg.

Loibenberg produces one of the grandest and most formidable wines in all of Austria.

In Alzinger's hands, Loibenberg is muscular and has a full throttle intensity. However, it possesses a walk-on-tiptoe quality that's revelatory.

The 2017 flaunts Alzinger's magical ability to pull off power and delicacy with Loibenberg.

Alzinger's 2017 Loibenberg boasts plenty of exotic spice accented depth, but also offers a tremendous amount of sleek mineral rigor. It's hard not to be impressed by the amount of lift and finesse on display. We really love the wine's textural fasciation and drive.

We've been huge fans of Alzinger's wines for over a decade, but the recent vintages have really blown us away. In his I'll Drink to That! podcast interview with Levi Dalton, Leo Alzinger goes in depth about the key changes that have been implemented at the winery in the last few years (regarding lees contact, sulphur use and more) to reach increasingly high levels of quality.

As most of you are sadly aware, the problem with Alzinger is the quantities. Alzinger is only 10ha and the wines are doled out in painfully small quantities. Top wines, like Riesling Loibenberg, are typically allocated in 6-24 bottle quantities. I bring that up just to warn you that quantities are extremely limited.

To order, email or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Joe Salamone

Wine Buyer
Crush Wine & Spirits