2005 Dönnhoff Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle Riesling Spätlese, Germany, Nahe, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2005
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$180.00USD

Brilliant showing for this wine.  Showing a hint of age at 16 years from vintage.  Golden in color.  The nose is clean with Crème brûlée, minerality and slight red fruits.  Medium to full bodied.  Viscous.  On the palate, this is sweet and rich but enough acidity to cut through it.  The Crème brûlée comes thru to the palate but very concentrated.  Long finish.  Delicious.  This is great on its own or with some cheeses.  Should have no problem going another fifteen to twenty years.  

2020 United Ink Riesling Columbia Valley, Washington, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2020
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$12.00USD

This was a very enjoyable Riesling from Washington state.  The back label talked about dry wine, but this is semi-dry.  Screw capped.  Silvery/gold in color, clear and bright.  The nose is more about minerality than fruit.  Tight but opens with some air to show some tropical fruits.  On the palate, there is a nice pineapple streak with minerality and yes a bit of sweetness.  Enough acidity to balance this nicely.

2014 Weingut Knoll Riesling Selection Ried Pfaffenberg Steiner, Austria, Kremstal, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2014
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$70.00USD

Golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose has some diesel and schist along with a bit of lemon/lime.  Full bodied.  On the palate, tart lemons with an underlying minerality.  It does seem like there is a slight residual sugar. Good acidity.  This is a serious Riesling that should drink well for another ten to fifteen years (at least).  This drinks well on its own but will work better with just about any food.  It should be a nice match for Thai or Indian.  

2018 Mélanie Pfister Riesling Berg, France, Alsace, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$23.00USD

A new winery for me.  Light golden in color with some silvery hues, clear and bright.  The nose is tight (cold) with air some minerality and light lemons come thru.  It has a viscous texture.  On the palate, there is some sweetness to it (no idea what the residual sugar level is) but it is easily balanced by the bracing acidity.  13% ABV.  Plenty of lemon fruit with slight apples.  The lemony finish goes on forever.  This is really interesting and it would be hard to guess where it is from as it is quite unique.  It is drinking great now and will no doubt mature and morph but should drink w

2014 Trimbach Riesling Sélection Vieilles Vignes, France, Alsace, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2014
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-

This was purchased on release during a visit to the winery.  It has improved a bit in the intervening four years.  Light golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose has a lot of lemons with underlying minerality.  Medium bodied.  On the palate, this is dry.  Great minerality with a bit of lemons.  It has some depth though still drinking youthfully.  Very concentrated.  Nice finish.  This went great with Thai food.  It will drink fine on its own but would work better with food.  Drink over the next ten to twelve years.  

2005 Schloss Gobelsburg Riesling Langenlois, Austria, Kamptal, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2005
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-

This is drinking well for a mature, dry Riesling.  Golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose takes a moment then opens to show pineapple and minerals.  On the palate, the pineapple carries thru along with a vegetarian tzimmes (a jewish dish that involves slow cooking root vegetables and fruits).  This has a nice tartness that gives it plenty of energy.  The finish is long but does have a slightly bitter note.  All in all, this is enjoyable and while it improved over a couple of hours with air, I think it is getting ready to start a slow decline.  Still, it should have at least five to se

2015 Emrich-Schönleber Riesling "Mineral" trocken, Germany, Nahe, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$50.00USD

What a great showing for this wine.  A new producer for me.  Blind, I guessed Chablis due to the intense granny smith apple notes.  Golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose is full of Granny Smith (green) apples along with a crushed stone/chalky quality.  On the palate, this has a great rich texture but cuts with excellent acidity.  The tart green apples and crushed stones carry thru to the palate.  Long finish.  2015 was a great year and this still has some more development to come although it is drinking well now.  Maybe another three to five years until full maturity and should drink

2015 Dönnhoff Dellchen Riesling Großes Gewächs, Germany, Nahe, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A

Very nice showing for this admittedly young, dry Riesling from one of my favorite producers.  Very light silvery/golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose is intriguing with peaches, salinity, slight ginger and melon along with a nice mineral component.  Medium bodied.  On the palate, this is delicious and open.  Crisp peaches and grapefruit with a lot of minerality.  Very long finish.  This improved with air and if drinking soon, a decant would help.  It should drink well for the next ten years.  As for food, this will go with just about anything.  Thai food is obvious, but even spicy m

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