91 points Wine Enthusiast
“While the nose of this Viennese field blend is shy, the palate brims with fruit: zesty citrus, grapefruit pith and green and yellow apple. Streamlined and textured with a moreish, pervasive and brightening freshness, it tingles with herbal spice on the finish.”
91 points Vinous
“Pear and apple are wreathed by an intriguing meld of rose and narcissus as well as a greenhouse-like array of leafing things. A silken and (at 12.5% alcohol) surprisingly buoyant palate provides the ideal backdrop for the wine’s succulent peary fruit and wealth of inner-mouth perfume. Fresh apple and a hint of lemon serve for animating juiciness and fruit seeds lend invigorating piquancy on a finish that perpetuates the generous fruit and flowers dominant in this wine from the first alluring whiff. What an outstanding performance for a high-volume, “intro-level” bottling!”
90 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
“The 2016 Wiener Gemischter Satz is a blend of three different vineyards with an assemblage of 11 different grape varieties of which Pinot Blanc, Grüner Veltliner, Welschriesling and Neuburger which make up 85% of the field blend. The wine is full-bodied and rich but also fresh, ripe and intense on the palate, with a good and stimulating mix of tannins, acidity and salinity. Good length and tension here!”
In “10 Wines to Try Before You Die,” Margaret Rand recommends 10 “offbeat bottles that no wine lover should miss” to celebrate the publication of her latest book, 101 Wines to Try Before You Die. Among her selections is WIENINGER Wiener Gemischter Satz DAC 2016.
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In his review of the recently-opened Bar Ramone in Chicago—the first wine bar in Lettuce Entertain You’s 120-restaurant portfolio—John Lenart notes that wine director Ryan Arnold and sommelier Richard Hanauer built a 100-bottle wine list that skews Old World. Arnold’s current “go-to recommendation” from the list is WIENINGER Wiener Gemischter Satz DAC 2016.
Vinous Reverie Notes
Gemischter Satz, “mixed set” is a traditional field blend of up to 13 varietals that are co-planted and co-fermented, once a common practice in many regions of Europe. The wine has survived thanks to the Viennese love of heurigen culture and its fame has spread in no small part to Fritz Wieninger’s dedication to produce Gemischter Satz at the highest level of quality. This example is a field blend based on Grüner Veltliner, Weissburgunder, Welschriesling, and Chardonnay, with a smaller presence of five other grapes. Weingut Wieninger cultivates grapes on the Bisamberg and on the Nussberg, which - separated by the Danube River - feature different soils and climates. The winery's comprehensive range of wines reflects these differences. Cellar work combines traditional with modern methods and focuses on allowing the vineyards to shine through. The cellar is completely modern with space for each vineyard to be vinified separately, allowing expression of individual terroirs. Tasting Notes: Light green-yellow. Fresh and intense nose with fresh fruitiness combined with mineral components. Hints of spice and floral aromas derive from the small contributions of many other traditional grape varieties in the blend -- "All of Vienna in One Wine." Food Pairing: Pairs perfectly with light summer dishes, fresh seafood, and traditional Viennese dishes. Beyond these easy pairings, however, the nature of the mixed planting produces a multifaceted wine that can pair well with many flavors.