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 Vintage1999 Label 1 of 3 
TypeWhite - Off-dry
ProducerDönnhoff (web)
VineyardSchloßböckelheimer Kupfergrube

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2005 and 2016 (based on 3 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Donnhoff Schlossbockelheimer Kupfergrube Spatlese on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 92 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 13 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Rieslingfan on 2/5/2014: Some comments regarding the 1999s got me curious to try one, and this was the first at hand. Well after a long period of lumbering slumber this wine at least has woken up and the sleep has done good things. It has slimmed down a great deal, and the acidity can now balance the sweetness, making a balanced, and dare I say it, bright Riesling that still retains some peach and cherry fruit as well as a rich underlying minerality. I wish I had more than one bottle left, as this is very fun to drink now. (678 views)
 Tasted by Fitzi on 1/1/2014: Nicely integrated, drinking beautifully at refrigerator temperature. A bit watery on opening, but improves with plenty of air. (514 views)
 Tasted by Fitzi on 10/24/2011: Perfectly nice, balanced Nahe Spaetlese, not especially distinguished. Meatier, in a Riesling sense, than the MSRs we usually drink. (1122 views)
 Tasted by Fitzi on 6/5/2011: This wine was beautifully-integrated and lovey to drink. Sugar and acid melded into discrete apple-pie flavors, balanced, seamless, comforting, with front-end sweetness well in check and back end acid sizzle just sufficient to refresh the palate for the next sip. Nice wine. (1184 views)
 Tasted by Rieslingfan on 3/27/2011 & rated 91 points: Drinking the best it has in years. There is still a lot of youthful sweetness and lush fruit, but the acids are finally coming out to play a little bit. I would like more mineral expression, but it's a very pleasurable drink showing no signs of fading (or even being at peak yet). (1265 views)
 Tasted by Fitzi on 9/26/2010: Pleasant spaetlese with a bit of intensity. (1234 views)
 Tasted by salil on 3/6/2009 & rated 91 points: Tight and unyielding initially; opens with some air to show some flavours of peach, pear and melon over minerals with faint petrol and smoky elements in the background. Opened further after a day in the fridge with the fruit flavours gaining in intensity and clarity, very enjoyable with time but gives the impression it needs to be left alone a while longer. (1147 views)
 Tasted by KWC3141 on 1/25/2009 & rated 93 points: Maybe even a bit better than the last bottle. Pears, petrol and the right amount of sweetness. Lovely wine, really enjoyed this (1001 views)
 Tasted by KWC3141 on 10/19/2008 & rated 93 points: This was extremely good. After having the '01 the night before. This was a light-medium straw-gold. Bigger body than I expected and the acid was nice. Definite peach and pears, there is a bit of petrol. The finish is around medium in length and very good. All in all a great wine, happy to share it with friends. (971 views)
 Tasted by Nanda on 12/9/2007: A Sunday with Donnhoff and Vietnamese Food (Tank Noodles - Chicago, IL): Shy nose has steely minerals, light petrol notes and fruit in the background. Fruits start forward on the palate but quickly clamp down. Minerality mostly remains on the mid-palate. A tight wine that feels closed down today. (1684 views)
 Tasted by salil on 12/9/2007 & rated 93 points: Donnhoffs on a Sunday afternoon (Chicago, IL): Light golden-yellow colour. Nose is layered with flavours of smoke, petrol, minerals and ripe pears and peaches. Palate is tight at first but expands with some time in the glass to show similarly complex flavours of petrol, smoke, pear, apple, lime and minerals with good acidity. Incredibly elegant and precise, and this just kept getting better with time. (1617 views)
 Tasted by Rieslingfan on 11/26/2005 & rated 91 points: A leaker, but showing no adverse development. In fact this bottle still shows very young and somewhat closed. Cherry, iron, peach aromas and flavors, with a touch of creaminess, but no secondary flavors. Let it rest for 2-4 more years or so. (1974 views)

Professional 'Channels'
By David Schildknecht
Vinous, January/February 2001, IWC Issue #94
(Hermann Donnhoff Schlossbockelheimer Kupfergrube Riesling Spatlese) Subscribe to see review text.
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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 are 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).

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 MANDATORY 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.


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