The 2013 Riesling Smaragd Loibner Steinertal displays dried apple and hazelnut flavors on the nose, leading to a full-bodied, elegant and fruit-intense palate with a nice and promising grip in the finish. The wine is cool, very clear and piquant on the palate and displays stony and mineral flavors as well as herbal tones. This should definitely gain complexity over the years.
Leo Alzinger is one of the leading estates in the Wachau. The wines are highly rated in Austrian/German wine reviews and David Schildknecht scored the 2012 Riesling Smaragd Steinertal 96 points in issue 212 (and also 96 points for the 2007 vintage in issue 181) and the 2012, as well as the 2007 Riesling Loibenberg Smaragd, 95 points. The clear, cool and minerally-piquant Steinertal Riesling is also my favorite from the 2013s, however, Alzinger's wines did not fascinate me as much as my forerunner and as many other Smaragd wines I tasted in February at the Domäne Wachau in Dürnstein. There is not much to criticize here: the wines are extremely well made, clear, profound, dense, piquant and expressive. But there is something that stops them from really hitting hit my heart. It's not that I dislike them, but I'm not in love with them. If I had to name a certain feature that makes an Alzinger Smaragd an Alzinger Smaragd I don't know what to say, except the very well-made style, and a clear expression of terroir. Possibly, I wish there was a little more of Leo Alzinger's intuition and less perfection?
Joel B. Payne | Vinous 93/100
Intense floral aromas are paired with pineapple, wild herbs and lemon oil. A delicate interplay of ripe citrus fruits and salty minerality sets a distinguished tone on the palate. Cooler than the Höhreck, and refined, expressive and elegant on the finish, this Steinertal is a textbook Riesling that I would enjoy having in my own cellar.