Dnnhoff Riesling 2009

External Review by Prestige Wine & Spirits:

Smoky flint and mineral aromas can be found in both the aromatics and flavor profile of the 2001 Riesling QbA. This elegantly crafted wine soars across the palate with loads of flower-laden minerals. Light to medium-bodied and exhibiting admirable purity, this concentrated offering is one of the finest QbAs I've tasted to date. Drink it over the next 3-4 years.

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Region: Germany » Nahe

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  • 2009

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Winery: H. Dönnhoff
Color: White
Varietal: Riesling
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H. Dönnhoff:
A Nahe estate - and one of the top performers. Not many estates outside the Mosel receive as much attention as those within it, but if there are any exceptions then perhaps Dönnhoff is one. The estate, which is over 12 hectares in size, has been in the Dönnhoff family since 1750, and is currently run by Helmut Dönnhoff. The Dönnhoffs own vines in only the top vineyards of the Nahe Valley. These... Read more
A Nahe estate - and one of the top performers. Not many estates outside the Mosel receive as much attention as those within it, but if there are any exceptions then perhaps Dönnhoff is one. The estate, which is over 12 hectares in size, has been in the Dönnhoff family since 1750, and is currently run by Helmut Dönnhoff. The Dönnhoffs own vines in only the top vineyards of the Nahe Valley. These vineyards are sited in several nearby villages, namely Niederhäuser (Hermannshöhle), Oberhauser (Brucke), Schloßböckelheimer (Felsenberg and Kupfergrube), and Norheimer (Kirschheck and Dellchen). The vineyards are principally slate or volcanic soil, and are planted with Riesling and also some Burgundian varieties. Read less

External Reviews for Dnnhoff Riesling

External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Smoky flint and mineral aromas can be found in both the aromatics and flavor profile of the 2001 Riesling QbA. This elegantly crafted wine soars across the palate with loads of flower-laden minerals. Light to medium-bodied and exhibiting admirable purity, this concentrated offering is one of the finest QbAs I've tasted to date. Drink it over the next 3-4 years.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

An alluring estate Riesling, featuring floral, grapefruit, orange and stone notes. Fine harmony and length fill out the profile. Drink now through 2015.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Fresh raspberry and blueberry; clover and honeysuckle scent the Donnhoff 2008 Riesling, then mingle with lime and orange cream on a delicate, refreshing palate, transparent to crushed stone, salt, and iodine, and leading to a sappy, dynamic finish. Despite the strong acid profile of 2008, Donnhoff dialed back the residual sugar here and with his Kabinetts, a decision he and I discussed in the context of my repeatedly-voiced concerns that the schizoid tendencies that beset increasingly many German growers (either the wine must be legally trocken or pronouncedly sweet) infiltrate even this address. In the present instance we have an impeccably-balanced outstanding value that will remain delicious for at least a decade not that many if any wine lovers are going to test this.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Harmonious and succulent, this epitomizes the crisp, vibrant style of the vintage. Its acidity is balanced by intensity and a supple texture, ending clean and refreshing. Drink now through 2014.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Yellow plum, white peach, lemon, high-toned herbal essences, and nut oils scent Donnhoff's off-dry 2009 Riesling (which, as usual, originates in the Oberhauser Felsenberg), then migrate to a palate that exhibits an alluring counterpoint of creaminess and brightness that parallels its contrast of nut oils and citrus. Subtle suggestions of fruit pit are deftly integrated into a finish of lip-smacking persistence and near-dryness. This - like its 2008 predecessor - is among the most expressive and irresistible off-dry generic Rieslings I can recall at Weingut Donnhoff. It ought to prove deliciously versatile for at least the next ten or a dozen years.



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