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Donnhoff Tonschiefer Trocken Donnhoff Grauschiefer 2009

Winemaker's Notes:

For an essentially studious wine this says a lot. (Dellchen is always both elusive and allusive; it isn’t direct, and it needs to be probed.) It’s a soft composition with thick chords; very long, woodsy like old leaves and tree bark after a warm rain; the palate is more silvery, sorelly, with a touch of flint; calligraphic, studied, careful diction, as if it could be explained if you’d only listen close enough…but the answer is just beyond grasping, and remains a lovely riddle.

Region: Germany » Nahe

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  • 2009

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Winery: H. Dönnhoff
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

For an essentially studious wine this says a lot. (Dellchen is always both elusive and allusive; it isn’t direct, and it needs to be probed.) It’s a soft composition with thick chords; very long, woodsy like old leaves and tree bark after a warm rain; the palate is more silvery, sorelly, with a touch of flint; calligraphic, studied, careful diction, as if it could be explained if you’d only listen close enough…but the answer is just beyond grasping, and remains a lovely riddle.

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