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 Vintage2005 Label 1 of 12 
TypeWhite - Off-dry
ProducerDönnhoff (web)
DesignationAuslese Goldkapsel
VineyardNiederhäuser Hermannshöhle

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2013 and 2034 (based on 20 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Donnhoff Niederhauser Hermannshohle Auslese GK on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 92.6 pts. and median of 93 pts. in 34 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by dbkitc on 4/19/2015 & rated 90 points: (From 375ml) I should absolutely love this. I love the winemaker. I love the vineyard. In fact, I love the nose of this 14k gold colored wine. Pears, berries and rocks on the nose - terrific. The palate is creamy and chalk full of fruit and minerals. The issue here is that everything falls off quickly ... And I mean quickly. One of the great things I love about German Riesling is the complexity and depth. This has great initial complexity and then ...A tough one to score for what is there is fantastic. Maybe more time is needed. (90) (545 views)
 Tasted by Sennma on 3/11/2015 & rated 94 points: WOW..ripe, clean and pure. The word that came to mind is "refreshing" which you generally don't get from Auslese. White flowers and tropical fruits. This was a real treat. (825 views)
 Tasted by acyso on 3/4/2015 & rated 93 points: Chicago ♥ Dönnhoff (Chicago, IL): #15-06, 7.5% abv. From full bottle, believe it or not. This wine really embodies that ethereal quality that Terry Theise mentions in his descriptions of Doennhoff. There are sweet white peaches and pineapples here, lifted by what I can only call acidity ex machina. Needless to say, this is quite young and there's still plenty of potential. It will be very interesting to see how this unwinds. (1040 views)
 Tasted by jerhardt on 1/2/2015 & rated 93 points: '05 and '06 side by side. A fun comparison, the '05 was more elegant and vibrant, the '06 much weightier and intense. Really a stylistic preference. The '05 is drinking younger, the '06 starting to show visual signs of age. Obviously both will go much, much longer, though fine to drink now. (854 views)
 Tasted by mshivers on 12/15/2012 & rated 87 points: Completely unexciting. Perhaps mildly corked? (2820 views)
 Tasted by sweetstuff on 9/12/2012 & rated 96 points: AP 7 753 010 15 06; 7.5 pabv. Gift of Helmut Dönnhoff during a visit in September, 2007, along with the 2006 Felsentürmchen Spätlese. Herr Dönnhoff signed this bottle, as is indicated in the photos in CellarTracker. At this meeting, he encouraged Barbara and I not to make too much of his wines. They are means of legitimate enjoyoment of life, not something to be worshipped. When we see you at this tasting room over the years, you are part of our family and we like to take care of you. After requesting the two bottles for purchase, we were astonished when he simply gave them to us.

Perhaps I shouldn't tell this story, because of course he can't afford to do this with every one who comes in the door, nor, probably, with every visit Barbara and I make to Oberhäusen. Of course, you'll find out, if you don't already know, the high level at which Herr Dönnhoff plays this particular game, and his wines themselves are enough of a gift to the world, at whatever price.

Sunday 9/8/2012 we went to Sakai Japanese Restaurant; Troy, OH (one of the few truly worthy Japanese restaurants in the Dayton area) and opened this for sipping through the meal, offering Chef Brian a sip as we digested our sashimi and so forth.

Wine has an intensely refractive but mild green-orange cast right out of the undecanted cork-finished bottle.

The envelope is that of a sappy, juicy, ripe apple surrounding fresh air tainted with woodsmoke, with good focus and mineral grip, with a slghtly less funky-pungent, less-intense **umami** note than I remember from previous examples of Dönnhoff wines from this vineyard.

Powerful and intense, sailing-acid entry, with a great juiciness and drive, with crystal-clear juicy apricot punch. and wonderful bitter-limeskin notes and a somewhat delicate and quite lacy sweetness, pushed through on the palate with enormous length. Given a ninety-sixth point after having spent four days loosely corked in the refrigerator. Still quite primary, with many long years ahead of it. A wonderful value on the secondary market, where it can be purchased for $10-15 less than on release. Why? An embarrassment of riches, perhaps. Drink now (if you like 'em right out of the cradle--2055, well-stored). Apricot is probably not botrytis but perfectly-judged harvest ripeness. (1280 views)
 Tasted by octopussy on 8/6/2012 & rated 93 points: Very light yellow. Very light and airy nose of peach and apple with a touch of honey and herbs (verbene and mint). On the palate, it has depth and complexity, rather low but sufficient acidity, not too much sweetness and great balance. It finishes with honey and citrus notes. Very good already. (2622 views)
 Tasted by Kirk Grant on 6/16/2012: FROM a 375ml:
This was beautiful and in a great spot from the half bottle. An expressive nose that struck a fine balance between expressive floral notes, vibrant fruit, and chalk. On the palate the wine exploded in the mid-palate with a melange of stone & tropical fruits with a long mineral driven finish. Outstanding. (1438 views)
 Tasted by Keith Levenberg on 5/30/2012 & rated 92 points: Best bottle yet. Nothing in the realm of "complexity" but it's damn delicious, and more precise than my last bottle. (3676 views)
 Tasted by aravenel on 5/21/2012 & rated 94 points: Beautiful. Nose and taste of honey, beautifully balanced. Nose was incredible--didn't even want to drink it, just smell it forever. (2377 views)
 Tasted by drwine2001 on 4/21/2012: Medium color. Some honey, peach and lime. Weighty but not overly sweet. Some vanilla cream and good earthy finish. Not a wow wine but certainly very good. (1518 views)
 Tasted by rho on 4/14/2012 & rated 93 points: Floral aromas. Same notes as previous taste. (2362 views)
 Tasted by dbkitc on 1/3/2012 & rated 93 points: Light gold - a touch deeper than previous bottles. Vanilla pear nose. Spreads out with air, initial impression was underwhelming. Light as a feather (despite the viscosity) on the palate, this wine is very pure. Finishes very strong. A wine of finesse, purity and length. Very nice if not a blockbuster. (93) (1618 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 9/10/2011 flawed bottle: corked!!!! feh. (1472 views)
 Tasted by Keith Levenberg on 9/5/2011: Pineapple creamsicle. Score: 70 or 90 depending on what kind of riesling you're in the mood for. (2098 views)
 Tasted by wickedwax on 4/27/2011: Tasted on day 1 and then let sit and drank again on days 5 and 7. I really enjoyed it on day 1 and texturally I would say that I prefered it on that day, but it just gained more and more complexity with time. Aromas of grapefruit, lemon, melon, cherries, ripe red apples, yellow stone fruit and some pineapple and tropical fruits with baking spices, incense and over a complex and salty minerality. I hate to sound cliche, but the word kaleidoscopic truly seems apropos. Layer after layer of flavors rush at you and on the first day the acid cut through it like a knife. On days 5 and 7, it gained so much body and texture that the acid, while still good, had difficulty in balancing the wine through the very long finish. Yet, no matter what, the wine, as with all great Donnhoff's, it displayed this wonderful sense of serenity that is very difficult to capture in words. As said by a colleague, this is one of those wines where it's almost better to not dissect it and just enjoy it for what it is. (1734 views)
 Tasted by MondovinoVA on 3/7/2011 & rated 93 points: Peaches and apricots, great botrytis spice and crisp acidity. (618 views)
 Tasted by Keith Levenberg on 12/10/2010 & rated 87 points: Very thick and creamy, but not quite so sweet that it's in dessert-wine territory, with the fruit starting to develop a slight tequila flavor. There's a sense of slate or black rock under the fruit but there's not really all that much detail. (2378 views)
 Tasted by christyler on 8/30/2010 & rated 92 points: Not a bargain, but a beautiful wine. (1436 views)
 Tasted by amateurwino on 11/8/2009 & rated 93 points: I might've preferred this to the Keller slightly, but only because I tend toward spatleses and ausleses over dryer rieslings. (2770 views)
 Tasted by rho on 10/24/2009 & rated 93 points: Medium bodied with sweet fruits on the nose. Peach, apple, pear and citric flavors. Nicely balanced and complexed with a very long finish. Beautiful! (2609 views)
 Tasted by qryan on 9/3/2009 & rated 91 points: Way better than the Brucke recently but still in dormancy. Impeccably balanced, light as air, but with unreal intensity. Minerality in spades. White flowers, stone fruits, and a touch of spice. Lovely wine. (2743 views)
 Tasted by dbkitc on 8/17/2009 & rated 92 points: Almost clear. Bracing nose of salt, green apple and pollen. Medium bodied with good sweetness – pear liquor is the dominating flavor. So youthful – really just a shell of what it will become. Hold until 2017+. (92++) (2752 views)
 Tasted by qryan on 1/2/2009 & rated 93 points: Wasn't taking notes because it was NYE, but this was terrific. Layers of complexity and power, but without much weight at all. Had a slight kick of spice. A clear step up from the Brucke. (2944 views)
 Tasted by Keith Levenberg on 12/4/2008 & rated 90 points: Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle Vertical (Trestle on Tenth): Not closed up yet! More slatey and minerally than most of the rest today. Nice showing. (3544 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By Jean Fisch and David Rayer
Mosel Fine Wines, Maturing Mosel: 10 years after retrospective of 2005, Issue #27 (3/1/2015)
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By Joel B. Payne
Vinous, January/February 2007, IWC Issue #130
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (7/24/2006)
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (7/20/2006)
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By John Gilman
View From the Cellar, Jul/Aug 2006, Issue #4, The Beautiful Wines of Hermann Dönnhoff
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By John Gilman
View From the Cellar, Mar/Apr 2006, Issue #2, First Look at the 2005 Vintage in Germany: Six Benchmark Properties
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Producer website

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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Auslese Goldkapsel

"Goldkapsel" is a gold cap. It is used as an unofficial, internal quality level mainyl for Auslese. Auslese Goldkapsel is usually richer, sweeter, and more expensive than the ordinary version. Often it is more botrysized too. The term is never mentioned on the label, but teh Goldkaplse bottlings are identified by the gold cap only.

As a refinement on the above, for some estates there are more than one gold capsule wine in a category, such as Auslese or Eiswein or even Spätlese. When this occurs the only sure means of identification is the AP number appearing on each bottle of quality wine (qualitätswein) since 1971. Sometimes there are long gold capsule wines (LGK for short), too, which may be difficult to distinguish except if one happens to have a sample of each type of bottle to do a direct cojmparison. Here too the AP number can help if you have a list of what was put out under what number.

All this happens frequently enough to make it desirable to have a list of every AP number used by every bottler in every vintage year, but as far as I know this is not available, nor is it likely to be anytime soon. Sometimes the producer website can help, and another help is offen David Schildknecht of the Wine Advocate, who tries to list all AP numbers where there is likely to be a need for them. This latter note jht.

Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle

Die Lage Hermannshöhle gilt heute als die höchstbewertete der ganzen Nahe und kann sich mit ihren Erzeugnissen mit allen Spitzenerzeugnissen anderer Weinbaugebiete messen. Die Lava-Basalt-Böden ergeben Weine mit viel Nachhall, die außerdem sehr haltbar sind.
In dieser Weinbergslage haben schon die Römer vor 2000 Jahren Weinbau betrieben. Sie benannten die Lage nach dem griechischen Götterboten Hermes. Man hat später geglaubt, den Namen "Hermes-Höhle" eindeutschen zu müssen und so ist der Name "Hermannshöhle" entstanden.



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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.
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