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 Vintage2011 Label 2 of 14 
ProducerDönnhoff (web)
VineyardKreuznacher Krötenpfuhl
UPC Code(s)4260031851231

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2013 and 2021 (based on 4 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 90.6 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 55 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Harley1199 on 3/12/2016: Riesling Blitzkrieg by fc1910; 3/11/2016-3/12/2016 (Teatro Campos Elíseos - Bilbao): I know it is just a 'warm up lap' but in my modest opinion is horrible with all the scattered elements and with a hollow feeling not fill anything.

Ya se que es sólo para "ir calentando motores" pero en mi modestísima opinión es horrible con todos los elementos desperdigados y con una sensación hueca que no llena nada. (481 views)
 Tasted by tairanosaurus on 12/3/2015 & rated 92 points: Very nice Kabinett. On the nose, cold steel and prominent floral. Initially on palate robust mix of cold fruit, with some petrol and emerging hint of candied spice. Acidity more prominent over time. Nice long finish for Kabinett. Qpr extraordinaire (680 views)
 Tasted by lquam on 11/15/2014 & rated 90 points: Light straw color with medium viscosity. Lively acid. Asian pear, lime, and some tropical fruit flavors. Solid acidity with a hint of petrol on the finish. (1658 views)
 Tasted by CADomer on 10/3/2014 & rated 90 points: Great QPR. Tasty fruit, lively acid, a touch of petrol, and nice minerality. (1709 views)
 Tasted by Sotto325 on 5/17/2014 flawed bottle: Corked. Little fruit, odd nose. (2050 views)
 Tasted by Champagneinhand on 4/26/2014 & rated 91 points: Loads of acid and mineral, slate. nose of limes, apples and maybe something tropical like lychee. Floats effortlessly on the mouth. I wish I had more. MMMMnnnn.

I am thinking some Quince -Asian pear as the most dominant flavor after lime, which lays the acidic backbone. I really wish I had chose something else. Excellent! (2259 views)
 Tasted by ucbeau on 4/19/2014: Great QPR. Stone fruit, limes, river rocks, and a touch of something exotic. Medium-plus acidity. Excellent mouthfeel, the acidity lifts the fruit and creates wonderful layering. (1915 views)
 Tasted by Herschel Krustofski on 12/30/2013 flawed bottle: Another dubious cork; nearly completely soaked, only a year or so after release. What a shame to take some the world's best Rieslings and let them fade under corks that don't actually seal. If reluctant to invest in good cork, why not just use screw caps and end this terrible waste? (1664 views)
 Tasted by DougLee on 12/1/2013 & rated 89 points: Almost clear white. Nose of citrus, applecore, and flint. Grippy and sweet on the tongue but not in the least overbearing. Refreshing acidity with mineral spine. Moderate finish. (1525 views)
 Tasted by Herschel Krustofski on 11/20/2013 & rated 88 points: Third bottle. Cork in good shape this time. Not as bright as it was on release, but given an hour to breath and warm up a bit its opens up nicely. 88-89
Three bottles left. Will probably open another soon and hold the last two a a further 2-4 years. (1238 views)
 Tasted by Sotto325 on 10/31/2013 & rated 92 points: Still amazing that a Nahe wine in the hands of a modern master can have such chiseled definition, wonderfully sectioned fruit and a nice balance even at this young stage. Pear, lemon, tropical fruit scents and a less minerally, more oily backbone than the Mosel wines, this is good for drinking now or waiting 5 years+. (1200 views)
 Tasted by Herschel Krustofski on 10/23/2013 flawed bottle: A little worried about this bottle - ill fitting cork? Bottle opened after two hours in the fridge. Half the cork is soaked - unusual for a bottle that is only 1 year after release.
Anyway, doesn't seem to be as focused or precise as the first bottle we had last year. (1309 views)
 Tasted by Saint-Exupéry on 9/21/2013 & rated 91 points: Pale yellow. Very clear and precise yet complex nose. On the palate excellent fruit definition, marked acidity and a refreshing, mineral finish. What a great, classic Kabinett! (924 views)
 Tasted by RayOB on 8/31/2013 & rated 92 points: Drank at Home
See other notes (1002 views)
 Tasted by JPH104 on 8/22/2013: Delicious. Disappeared quickly. (858 views)
 Tasted by RayOB on 7/21/2013 & rated 92 points: Drank at Home (997 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 7/18/2013 & rated 90 points: Nez de pommer verte, avec un côté patisserie surprenant, brioché. Sucre bien balancé par des pointes d'acidité qui font saliver. Quoique l'ensemble n'a rien d'exceptionnel, c'est fidèle à l'approche Kabinett de Donnhoff et délicieux. (1015 views)
 Tasted by dzitt on 7/13/2013 & rated 89 points: À peine coloré. Dès l’ouverture de la bouteille, de beaux arômes sortent de la bouteille. Fruits mûrs, légère touche minérale avec une certaine richesse perceptible. En bouche, pomme mûre, pêche, melon miel, beaucoup de matière, mais pas aussi profonde que souhaitée. Le sucre est bien perceptible et une acidité timide parvient tout de même à éviter la lourdeur en bouche. Malgré tout, le vin est bien rafraichissant et se boit bien. Un cran sous les autres cuvées de Dönnhoff goûtées lors de la dégustation à la SAQ Signature. Très bien. (806 views)
 Tasted by RayOB on 6/29/2013 & rated 92 points: Drank in London
See previous notes (785 views)
 Tasted by Sotto325 on 6/27/2013 & rated 93 points: In addition to the stellar early drinking 2011 vintage for kabinett comes a surprise from the Nahe-- fully expressed juicy well defined fruit with a great acid backbone and no excess or viscous sweetness. Jumps out of the bottle with a vivacious fruit explosion, lemon, peach, quince and floral scents. First rate! (931 views)
 Tasted by RayOB on 5/21/2013 & rated 92 points: Drank in London
See previous note (965 views)
 Tasted by Papies on 5/2/2013 & rated 89 points: Donnhoff Riesling Masterclass, with Cornelius Donnhoff (Handford Wines, London): Light petrolly nose, ripe fruits “very 2011 in style” to quote Cornelius Donnhoff. Young and primary of course. 10% alc and with 40g/l of sugar. Feels like a spatlese due to its lower acidity. Richer but lacks that light beauty of a Kabinet. 88-89 (1718 views)
 Tasted by rossi.wine on 5/2/2013 & rated 89 points: Expressive nose, ripe fruit, floral. Very precise and focussed, low acidity, could be a touch fresher, medium finish. (1037 views)
 Tasted by truddy on 4/30/2013 & rated 91 points: Creamy mouth feel. (927 views)
 Tasted by SouthernStateofMind on 4/17/2013 & rated 93 points: Pale lemon in color. Oppulent green apple and honeyed aromas abound with enticing wisps of nutmeg and allspice present. On the palate tart green apple prevails with nicely integrated flavors of beeswax and tropical lime on a granite base. While RS exists here the finish is steely cool and refined in comparison to the racy Spatlese tasted previously. Great summer wine! (988 views)
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By Michael Schmidt
JancisRobinson.com (4/30/2012)
(Dönnhoff, Kreuznacher Krötenpfuhl Riesling Kabinett Nahe White) Subscribe to see review text.
By John Gilman
View From the Cellar, Mar/Apr 2012, Issue #38, The 2011 German Vintage: A Very, Very Fine and Much More Laid Back Vintage Follows on the Heels Of the High Wire Act of the 2010ers
(Kreuznacher Krötenpfuhl Riesling Kabinett – Weingut Dönnhoff) Login and sign up and see review text.
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (1/24/2013)
(Dönnhoff Kreuznacher Krötenpfuhl Riesling Kabinett) Very light green-tinged yellow color; appealing, lightly savory, ripe green fruit, lime nose; focused, tightish, ripe green fruit, lime cream, mineral palate; medium-plus finish 92+ points  92 points
By Terry Theise
Terry Theise Estate Selections, 2012 German Catalog (6/1/2012)
(Dönnhoff Kreuznacher Krötenpfuhl Riesling Kabinett) ($26.00) It’s in the Dellchen family of savory “dark” flavors, though more explicit than the often riddlesome GG. This one is fervidly aromatic, brioche and caramel and maple sap – though the palate is on the dry side. +
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (1/23/2012)
(Dönnhoff Kreuznacher Krötenpfuhl Riesling Kabinett) Light green-tinged yellow color; tart pear nose; tasty, tart pear, tart green apple, mineral palate; medium-plus finish  91 points
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As a help to those who purchase and cellar these wines, let it be noted that the 'Goldkapsule' does not ofen designate a higher quality bottling from the producer Dönnhoff. Herr Dönnhoff uses gold capsules on about 99 percent of the l bottlings of certain richer wines from the vineyards Oberhauser Brücke and Niederhauser Hermannshöhle and perhaps some others. Therefore it is usually unneccessary and misleading to use the term 'Goldkapsule' with Dönnhoff wines, currently. Although, just to be confusing, David Bueker mentions that there may be one or two exceptions, especially in 2001 and 2003 vintages, where Donnhoff produced "white capsule" auslesen from the Leistenberg and Dellchen vineyards (later Dellchen auslesen have gone to the gold capsules - e.g. 2006). To have to list my notes on a Cellartracker page that has a non-necessary and meaningless 'gold capsule' designation is highly irritating for me, as I feel that if I list it correctly it won't even be picked up by a search.

Another example of the confusion above is with the frequent multiple bottlings of Eisweine from the Brücke vineyard. There were at least three bottlings in 1998 and three in 2002. They occur when prolonged cold snaps allow harvesting on successive days. Usually one of these is designated the 'regular' Eiswein and the best one is sent to the Auction. Each typically has a different style. They are informally referred to by the day of the week on which they were harvested. Thus in 1998 there was a 'Samstag' Eiswein, and one for 'Sonntag' and also 'Montag'. The last named is extremely powerful, and extremely expensive; it is the Auction lot.

It is STRONGLY URGED then that when referring to Dönnhoff wines one refers to the AP number If this terminology is not used, identity can be impossible to determine. JHT


Varietal character (Appellation America) | A short history of Riesling (Uncork) | Riesling (wikipedia)


Lowest must sugar content of Prädikat designation resulting in light wines, typically semi-sweet with crisp acidity.

Kreuznacher Krötenpfuhl

at weinlagen-info.de Krötenpfuhl literally means "toad puddle"


Wines of Germany | The Association of German Prädikat Wine Estates (VDP) | How to read a German wine label | Geographical Information Down to Single Vineyards

#2014 Vintage Notes:
2014 Vintage Report by Terry Theise
2014 Vintage Report by Wine Spectator
"My gut still tells me the Saar (and to some extent) the Ruwer are better overall in 2014 than the more storied areas of the Mosel proper, but those that spent the requisite time living in their middle-Mosel vineyards made some of the most electric and "feathery" Riesling in a long time (maybe the finest in 20 years - yes, it's true!)" - Jon Rimmerman (Of course only a very short historical memory would call the Saar and Ruwer less 'storied' than the middle Mosel - jht)


An der Nahe erwarten den Besucher sanftes Grün, romantische Flusstäler und dramatische Felsformationen. Dazu gastfreundliche Winzer und ihre vielfältigen Weine.

2.000 Jahre Weinbautradition hat das Anbaugebiet an der Nahe und den Nebenflüssen Glan und Alsenz. Vor kalten Winden durch den hohen Hunsrück geschützt, schaffen milde Temperaturen und viel Sonnenschein ein hervorragendes Klima für den Weinbau in dem regenarmen und sonnigen Tal. Hier wachsen auf rund 4.000 Hektar Rebsorten wie Riesling, Rivaner, und Silvaner. Auch die Spielarten des Burgunders sowie Kerner, Scheurebe, Portugieser und Dornfelder sind hier zu Hause. Lieblingskind der Winzer ist der an Finessen reiche Riesling, ein Viertel der Rebfläche ist damit bestockt.
Eine bewegte Erdgeschichte hat der Nahe-Region eine große Bodenvielfalt beschert. Die Reben wachsen auf Schiefergestein, vulkanischen Porphyr- oder Löss- und Lehmböden. Das ermöglicht eine Vielfalt an Rebsorten und Weinstilen.
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