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Dönnhoff Nahe Riesling Oberhäuser Brücke Spätlese 2003

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The Oberhäuser Brücke vineyard lies furthest down the slope, protected for much of the day by a 400 metre hill nearby. With not a hint of botrytis, this beautiful wine is a masterpiece: brilliantly clean, showing the finest of textures, great energy, so svelte yet so delicate too.

Region: Germany » Nahe

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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
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Editorial Reviews for Dönnhoff Nahe Riesling Oberhäuser Brücke Spätlese

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065212,706
0.00 5
07/10/2012

Still a bit on the young, sweet and fruity side, this shows a touch of evolution at this early edge of what will probably be a compressed drinking time frame. Peak drinking window: 2010-2016.


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065212,706
0.00 5
07/10/2012

Still quite fresh with lots of sweet fruit flavors characteristic of the vintage, but this is pretty simple. Peak drinking window: 2005-2013.


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065212,706
0.00 5
07/10/2012

Very light and slightly alcoholic nose with a nice powdered gravel top note and some earthy apple and apple blossom notes accenting a core of light apricot fruit. This smells surprisingly tight and nervous. Lightly if obviously sweet in the mouth, this has plenty of acidity keeping things juicy and a nice light accent note of green apple with a flicker of minerality. A bit plump, but this is drinking very well today for a simple quaffer. 85pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065212,706
0.00 5
07/10/2012

Lightly evolved on the nose yet retaining fine minerality and nice apple blossom top notes over heirloom apple fruit. This is a bit thick but actually turns out to be quite agile in the mouth, with sufficient acidity to balance the sweetness and fine mineral cut. The flavors are both mineral and pollen in the mouth with a faint honeyed note appearing on the back end. There’s a nice clementine, orange peel element here as well, which turns pithier on the finish. Finish shows modest length with a sneaky return of apricot, lime, red fruit and quartz. A sneaky wine that very likely will improve. 88pts


External Reviews for Dönnhoff Nahe Riesling Oberhäuser Brücke Spätlese

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
02/24/2012

This expressive auslese provides a glimpse into the future. Firm and ripe, with red berry, vanilla, citrus and mineral flavors, it merely hints at its charms. Balanced and long; give it a few years to open. Best from 2007 through 2020.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
02/24/2012

Fiery aromatic notes of distilled berries and smoked meat. An intensely concentrated, compact mass of citrus and berries on the palate; embryonic at present but feeds a dynamic dance of striking finishing flavors. This should evolve for years as a great monument to its site.


External Review
Source: Luxurious Drinks
08/18/2012

Luxurious Drinks offers you: Wine - white - 2003 - Dönnhoff Schlossböckelheimer Felsenberg Spät. troc. - Germany - Region: Nahe - Apellation: Nahe - Riesling - 750 ml.


External Review
Source: Luxurious Drinks
09/26/2013

Fine white wine- 2003 - D


External Review
Source: Luxurious Drinks
08/18/2012

Luxurious Drinks offers you: Wine - white - 2003 - Dönnhoff Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle Auslese GK 1\2 - Germany - Region: Nahe - Apellation: Nahe - Riesling - 375 ml.


External Review
Source: Luxurious Drinks
08/18/2012

Luxurious Drinks offers you: Wine - white - 2003 - Dönnhoff Schossböckelheimer Kupfergrubbe Spätlese - Germany - Region: Nahe - Apellation: Nahe - Riesling - 750 ml.


External Review
Source: Luxurious Drinks
08/18/2012

Luxurious Drinks offers you: Wine - white - 2003 - Dönnhoff Oberhaüser Leistenberg Kabinett - Germany - Region: Nahe - Apellation: Nahe - Riesling - 750 ml.


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The Oberhäuser Brücke vineyard lies furthest down the slope, protected for much of the day by a 400 metre hill nearby. With not a hint of botrytis, this beautiful wine is a masterpiece: brilliantly clean, showing the finest of textures, great energy, so svelte yet so delicate too.

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