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Dönnhoff Norheimer Kirschheck Spätlese 2011

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92 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): The 2011 Kirschheck Spätlese is another absolute classic in the making. The very pure and lively nose delivers a fine blend of white cherries, white peach, slate, petrol, spring flowers and bee pollen. On the palate the wine is medium-full, crisp and beautifully balanced, with zest acidity, a lovely core of fruit, fine focus and a very long, very minerally finish. This is light on its feet as the best vintages of Kirschheck often can be, but with beautiful purity and depth in the mid-palate. Again, a very classically-sized Spätlese. 2012-2030+. (Mar/Apr 2012)

Region: Germany » Nahe » Kirschheck
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

92 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): The 2011 Kirschheck Spätlese is another absolute classic in the making. The very pure and lively nose delivers a fine blend of white cherries, white peach, slate, petrol, spring flowers and bee pollen. On the palate the wine is medium-full, crisp and beautifully balanced, with zest acidity, a lovely core of fruit, fine focus and a very long, very minerally finish. This is light on its feet as the best vintages of Kirschheck often can be, but with beautiful purity and depth in the mid-palate. Again, a very classically-sized Spätlese. 2012-2030+. (Mar/Apr 2012)

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