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    David Schildknecht trained in philosophy and worked as a restaurateur before spending a quarter century in the U. S. wine trade, tasting his way annually through France and Germany since 1984, and Austria since 1997. His tasting reports from Austria, Germany, as well as parts of France and North America were from the late 1980s a fixture of Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar; appearing thereafter in Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A columnist and feature contributor for Wine & Spirits, The World of Fine Wine and Austria’sVinaria, he is responsible for the German and Austrian entries in the just-published 4th edition of The Oxford Companion to Wine and a co-author of the seventh edition of Robert Parker's Wine Buyer's Guide. He was awarded Austria’s Bacchuspreis in 2008 and was the 2006 recipient of the Vinea Wachau‘s Steinfederpreis.

    David has addressed issues of aesthetics in contexts including the International Philosophy of Wine Conferences, The Network for Sensory Research and as a guest instructor in a sadly short-lived pilot course on aesthetics at the U.C. Davis Department of Viticulture and Enology. An avid and perpetual forager and home cook, his life in wine occasionally permits him to pursue his passions for music, history, and his infinitely tolerant wife of four decades.

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David Schildknecht, Wine Writer (United States)  had a tasting of  22 Wines  from  8 Producers 

Robert Weil Riesling Kiedricher Gräfenberg Trockenbeerenauslese Goldkapsel 2018/ One might well wonder what could possibly emerge “beyond” the character displayed by this year’s array of Weil BAs and two “regular” TBAs. The answer is a leap into Eszencia traits. The color is significantly paler than that exhibited by those two other TBAs. The nose is dominated by dried and confitured apricot accompanied by candied lemon peel. The wine is so viscous it barely pours. Fresh lemon explodes on the glycerol-slicked palate to meet more than halfway an implosive concentration of apricot and purple plum as well as sky-high residual sugar. Of course this elixir must be characterized as embryonic, but its penetrating persistence is already memorably vibrant and its ability to restrain sweetness extraordinary.

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David Schildknecht, Wine Writer (United States)  had a tasting of  31 Wines  from  12 Producers 

Knoll Riesling Smaragd Vinothekfüllung 2016/ This reflects an upper area of Loibenberg whose vines were left hanging until last and picked up some botrytis, perhaps in part on account of the proximity to humidity-trapping woods. It conveys a wonderful sense of richness, yet with the fresh juiciness and subtly cooling herbal inflections that are features of so many 2016s, as well as fruit pit piquancy supplying welcome counterpoint to succulent, ripe white peach and mango. Just as strikingly, this entire performance seems to be headily draped in wisteria. Not only is there abundant glycerol on the palate, but there is also underlying polish, botrytis having worked its charms stealthily and with restraint. A sweet-saline, iodine-laced evocation of lobster-shell reduction lends mouthwatering savor to the superbly sustained finish. This blows past the corresponding 2015 – though not in the sense of being more powerful. I sometimes find the designation “Vinothek bottling” misleading in that the Knolls’ wines so labeled often strike me as significantly less suited to long-term cellaring than other wines from this estate. But in the present instance I have no such reservations.

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Zöbinger Heiligenstein Alte Reben Riesling 2015, Weingut Bründlmayer
Riesling Smaragd Steinertal 2015, F.X. Pichler
Unendlich Riesling Smaragd 2015, F.X. Pichler
Riesling Smaragd Kellerberg 2015, F.X. Pichler
Riesling Heiligenstein 2015, Schloss Gobelsburg
Riesling Gaisberg 2015, Schloss Gobelsburg
Grüner Veltliner Renner 2015, Schloss Gobelsburg
Grüner Veltliner Tradition 2015, Schloss Gobelsburg
Riesling Tradition 2014, Schloss Gobelsburg
Riesling ‘Vinothekfullung’ Smaragd 2016, Emmerich Knoll
Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese 2015, Emmerich Knoll
Riesling Smaragd Singerriedel 2015, Weingut Franz Hirtzenberger
Riesling Smaragd Singerriedel 2016, Weingut Franz Hirtzenberger
Grüner Veltliner Smaragd Achleiten Stockkultur 2015, Weingut Prager
Grüner Veltliner Smaragd Zwerithaler Kammerl 2015, Weingut Prager
Riesling Smaragd Achleiten 2015, Weingut Prager
Grüner Veltliner Smaragd Achleiten Wachstum Bodenstein 2015, Weingut Prager
Riesling Hohereck Smaragd 2015, Weingut Leo Alzinger
Riesling Smaragd Steinertal 2015, Weingut Leo Alzinger
Riesling Ried Achleithen Smaragd 2016, Rudi Pichler
Riesling Steinriesler 2004, Nikolaihof Wachau
Riesling Steiner Hund ‘Reserve’ 2013, Nikolaihof Wachau
Riesling ‘Vinothek’ 2000, Nikolaihof Wachau
Riesling Steiner Hund ‘Reserve’ 2014, Nikolaihof Wachau
Riesling Vom Stein Smaragd 2014, Nikolaihof Wachau
Riesling Hochäcker 2015, Nigl
Riesling Pellingen Privat 2015, Nigl
Grüner Veltliner Smaragd Kirchweg 2015, Franz Hirtzberger
Riesling Smaragd Hochrain 2015, Franz Hirtzberger
Rosenberg Grüner Veltliner 2015, Weingut Bernhard Ott
Engabrunner Stein Grüner Veltliner 2015, Weingut Bernhard Ott
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