2011 Dönnhoff Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle Riesling Spätlese, Germany, Nahe, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2011
Score: 
96
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$50.00USD

Great showing for this wine.  Still youthful but drinking nicely.  Medium golden in color.  The nose is clean (no diesel) with minerality/wet rocks and some pineapple.  On the palate, this is more about minerals but there is a bitters quality as well.  And the pineapple comes through too.  This is sweet but not overtly.  Well balanced by the acidity.  Long finish.  This will go with a lot of foods and also drink well on its own.  It went great with a spinach salad.  It should continue to mature for the next five to ten years and be good for ten to fifteen more.  

2007 Dönnhoff Schloßböckelheimer Felsenberg Riesling Felsentürmchen Spätlese, Germany, Nahe, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2007
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A

Gorgeous wine that is drinking quite well if still on the youthful side.  Light golden in color.  The nose is pretty with minerals, smoke, slight peach, slight floral tones.  On the palate, this is medium bodied, slightly viscous.  It has a bit of sweetness but not overt.  The smoke and minerals come thru.  Not quite "wet rocks", but minerality.  Good acidity.  Moderate finish.  This will continue to develop but won't get better.  It will last another ten to twelve years.  A nice match for Thai food.  

2007 Dönnhoff Schloßböckelheimer Felsenberg Riesling Felsentürmchen Spätlese, Germany, Nahe, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2007
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$70.00USD

Deep golden in color, clear and bright.  Gorgeous nose of minerals, wet rocks and pineapple.  On the palate, this is sweet but no where near cloying.  Viscous.  Great acidity balances it well.  The palate has slight pineapple with minerals and plenty of depth.  This is mature but will continue to evolve.  No signs of diesel at this point.  Easily another couple of decades left.  It was a great match with a beet and goat cheese dish.  

2012 Dönnhoff Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle Riesling Spätlese, Germany, Nahe, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2012
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$65.00USD

Donnhoff makes some of the best Rieslings in the world.  This wine is fantastic if still a bit young.  Even those who said they didn't appreciate sweet wine thought it was great.  Light golden in color.  The nose has just the slightest bit of petrol.  Also some lemon candy with powdered sugar.  On the palate, there is some acid but not a ton.  Minerals and lemon candy.  Nice depth.  Long finish.  This goes great with most foods especially those with some kick.  This should last for another decade probably two.  

 

2003 Dönnhoff Schloßböckelheimer Felsenberg Riesling Spätlese, Germany, Nahe, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2003
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$50.00USD

2003 wasa a very hot summer in Europe and many wines reflected that heat.  At age 16, this wine is ripe and sweet but does not seem to be hurt by the heat.  In fact, it was delicious and has matured beautifully.  Still has years to go.  Light golden in color.  The nose has minerals, slight peach, slight simple syrup and is very clean (no petrol).  On the palate, this is viscous and slightly sweet.  Nice peach and minerals notes.  Decent not great acidity.  It was paried with a roasted beet salad with deep fried goat cheese croutons and that was an excellent match.  

2016 Dönnhoff Riesling, Germany, Nahe, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-

This is their basic Riesling.  It retails for around $20 and is a great value especially in great vintages like 2016.  This is sweet.  Light golden in color.  The nose has minerals, some pear and a slight honey note.  On the palate, the pear carries through.  Sweet but not over the top.  On the finish, it turns drier.  Nice minerality.  Would work great with salads or Thai/spicy foods.  This should last for a decade if well stored.  

2015 Weingut Tesch Langenlonsheimer Königsschild Riesling Trocken, Germany, Nahe, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
85
Grade: 
B

Green gold in color.  The nose is already showing some petrol which is a bit concerning for a 2015.  Also some slight grapefruit and bit of wet rocks.  On the palate, this is slightly tart.  Labeled as Trocken, it is mostly dry.  Some minerals.  A bit of lemon fruit.  Not sure where this goes from here.  It retails for around $20.  

2015 Dönnhoff Riesling, Garmany, Nahe, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-

This is the basic Riesling from one of the top producers of Riesling in the Nahe and in Germany.  Drinking quite well today.  Screw capped.  Light golden in color.  The nose has nice minerality and a bit of pineapple.  On the palate, this is slightly sweet.  Good acidity and balance.  Slight pineapple and peach with underlying minerality.  Good finish.  This will work great with spicy foods or lighter foods.  Great value for $20.  It should last for another 7 to 10 years but if you can't find this vintage, its good in just about every vintage.  

2015 Dönnhoff Oberhäuser Leistenberg Riesling Kabinett, Germany, Nahe, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-

Screw Capped.  Light golden in color.  Upon opening there are a slight amount of fine bubbles.  It appears to be trapped CO2 which blows of quickly.  No harm, no foul.  The nose is great with green apples, slight wet rocks, slight lemon and simple syrup.  On the palate, this has a fair amount of sweetness.  Ripe fruit; citrus and peach.  Good balance though.  Drinks easy with some depth.  Young now and very fresh and vibrant.  It will develop over time.  Delicious.  9.5% Alc.  This will go with a wide variety of foods.  Considering the screw cap and the sugar and acid levels, this should ha

2015 Dönnhoff Riesling Trocken, Germany, Nahe, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-

The 2015 is awesome but it is shutting down as I write this in 2018.  Time to let even the basic wines sleep or give them some air.  This is light golden in color.  The nose has wet rocks and a slight pineapple note.  It gives the perception that it will be sweet but it is dry.  Great minerality.  Long finish.  This is under $20 and a great value.  Screw capped as well.  

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