Donnhoff Niederhauser Hermannshohle Spatlese 2011

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96+ points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): The 2011 Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle Spätlese is utterly profound and the greatest young example of this wine I have tasted since the 2001 was released! The utterly pure and refined nose soars from the glass in a stunning mélange of pink grapefruit, apple, petrol, kaleidoscopic slate, citrus peel, bee pollen and a nice dollop of white flowers in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, fullish and very pure, with a superb core of fruit, a very ethereal palate impression, bright, snappy acidity, laser-like focus and magical complexity and grip on the very long, filigreed and dancing finish. This is a brilliant vintage of 2011 Hermannshöhle Spätlese! 2016-2040+. (Mar/Apr 2012)

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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

96+ points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): The 2011 Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle Spätlese is utterly profound and the greatest young example of this wine I have tasted since the 2001 was released! The utterly pure and refined nose soars from the glass in a stunning mélange of pink grapefruit, apple, petrol, kaleidoscopic slate, citrus peel, bee pollen and a nice dollop of white flowers in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, fullish and very pure, with a superb core of fruit, a very ethereal palate impression, bright, snappy acidity, laser-like focus and magical complexity and grip on the very long, filigreed and dancing finish. This is a brilliant vintage of 2011 Hermannshöhle Spätlese! 2016-2040+. (Mar/Apr 2012)

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