Morrell & Co. Wine Catalog

FALL 2016

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MORRELL FINE WINE AND SPIRITS Call 800.96.WINES (800.969.4637) • Visit us at • Complimentary delivery on all orders over $150 in NY and CT 146 The winding valley that forms the Wachau is one of the most diverse and exciting wine-producing regions in the world. Formed over the course of millennia, the snaking river Danube cut deep into a mix of ancient rock, while fierce winds whipped along its jagged edges, depositing complex sandy soils known as Loess. Combined with a confluence of four major climatic zones and varying degrees of elevation, it seems likely that Wachau hosts the most complex terroir we will ever know. a p er F ec T sT or M : The Wachau Ahead of the Curve m any of the top producers in the Wachau share a similar story. i t's a story of change that took place throughout a entire region as its younger generation realized the potential of the ground beneath their feet. i n the 1970s, l eo Alzinger took control of his family's winery and decided to change the course of their production. i nstead of selling the fruit of their labor to a local cooperative, the Alzinger family would begin to bottle their own r iesling and g rüner v eltliner. t his decision placed Alzinger into a group of Austrian pioneer winemakers who in turn defined the region. t oday, it is l eo Alzinger Jr. who oversees winemaking, while his father continues to tend the vines of their esteemed parcels within the l oibenberg and l iebenberg vineyards. t he style is one that thrives on clarity and precision contrasted by textural richness, employing a hands-off approach in the winery and aging in large neutral wood barrels. ✦ a lzinger 2015 bottle Grüner v eltliner Loibenberg Smaragd (1660236) $57 Riesling Liebenberg Smaragd (1660235) $59 AU stri A

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