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 Vintage2002 Label 1 of 3 
TypeWhite - Off-dry
ProducerDönnhoff (web)
VineyardSchloßböckelheimer Kupfergrube
UPC Code(s)4260031852269

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2009 and 2023 (based on 21 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 91.3 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 48 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by rocknroller on 11/7/2014 & rated 92 points: CDP and Spain, Plus Whites (Rincon 38, Mpls, MN): Light gold color. The nose has citrus, minerals, melon, pineapple, no petrol. The palate is sweet with the acids providing just enough backdrop to keep this balanced well, tropical, pineapple, melon, kiwi, very vibrant palate, long finish. The palate was even better than the nose here. 91+ to 92pts. (764 views)
 Tasted by Uglypinga on 8/7/2014: Youwza. No petrol left on the nose. Big time white flowers, honey, and even lime on the nose. The palate is both palate coating and crystalline in feel. Clean and mouthwatering with some salinity and a very long finish. Amazing bottle. (832 views)
 Tasted by KeithAkers on 4/4/2014 & rated 91 points: Dinner with Salil (Sun Wah BBQ, Chicago IL): Nose: There is a real high-toned nature to the nose with a lot of florals, nectarines, white peaches, apricots, and green apples. Though this shows more fruit, there is a very good mineral streak underneath.

Taste: Medium bodied with medium+ acidity. The acidity is still very noticeable, but it is refreshing at the same time. The feel is polished and deft with nectarines, white peaches, floral tones, minerals, and bits of apricots.

Overall: This was a beautiful Donnhoff. There is still a lot of youth and freshness to this, but it does show off the balance of some maturity. (1013 views)
 Tasted by tooch on 4/3/2014 & rated 90 points: Pizza with Salil & Summer (Matt & Summer's - Chicago, IL): Nose of peach and mango with some fresh petrichor tones. This had a definite creamy note on the palate - maybe a bit milky, but ultimately the creaminess was subtle. A deep wine with lots of white floral notes underneath the tropical fruits. Very good wine that had a lot of depth and character. (1566 views)
 Tasted by salil on 4/3/2014 & rated 91 points: Just like my last bottle. Bright fruit and floral notes tinged with developing creaminess and gentle smoky elements. All too easy to drink with a really polished and graceful texture, and lively acidity beneath. (1616 views)
 Tasted by Seth Rosenberg on 2/21/2014 & rated 89 points: Creamy nose with banana and peach. Soft, tasty - peach and tropical on the palate. Soft finish. Nose - 4.5/6, Palate - 4.5/6, Finish - 4.5/6, Je ne Sais Quoi - 1/2 = 14.5/20. (958 views)
 Tasted by salil on 2/21/2014 & rated 91 points: Rieslingfeier 2014 - BYOB Main event (Rouge Tomate, NYC): The fruit here still feels incredibly fresh and youthful, but there's just a touch of developing savouriness and creaminess apparent on the nose. Bright acids keep it quite lively, but while it's a very enjoyable Spätlese, for me it doesn't quite show the sheer lightness and elegance of the Felsenberg. (1331 views)
 Tasted by pointrob on 10/6/2013 & rated 93 points: wonderful honeyed nose with flavours that just envelope your palate and don't let go
great length (1025 views)
 Tasted by Ali on 9/11/2013 & rated 92 points: drinking very nicely (914 views)
 Tasted by DAN BAILEY on 2/13/2013: Light gold colour. Just starting to hit its stride in my view. Some very attractive petrol, rocks and tropical fruits. Still a fair amount of RS and I suspect the wine will be even better in 10 years once that fades some more. (1227 views)
 Tasted by salil on 1/19/2013 & rated 91 points: Developing nicely. Still richly fruited, but now it's just starting to show some of the developing creaminess and smokiness I'd look for in an older Dönnhoff, and the mouthfeel is remarkable - very polished and glossy textured. It's still very young though and I'll stay away from my other bottles for a few more years. (1488 views)
 Tasted by Rupert on 1/14/2013: Gorgeous, poised, honeyed, tangy riesling, youthful, quite sweet, super balance (1310 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 12/8/2012 & rated 94 points: Light yellow color. Pears, peaches and lemon zest vie for attention along with the requsite petrol note. The palate is phenomenal with pinpoint precision to the citrus and pear fruit, salinity, minerals and herbs on an explosive and never ending finish. This spatlese pulls of a live wire act of balancing high extract of the sweet fruit buttressed with tremendous acidity and briny minerals like only a top notch riesling can. Wow! (935 views)
 Tasted by kenv on 9/9/2012 & rated 94 points: Brought to Susie's. Everyone loved it, esp. Susie! (1453 views)
 Tasted by ylkim30 on 8/27/2012: Really fresh and transparent. There's sweetness, but amply balanced by the acidity. It was starting to get cloying on day 2 however. (1130 views)
 Tasted by d'Artagnan on 5/26/2012 & rated 93 points: Nez de pamplemousse avec certaines notes de pétrole. L'attaque dynamique a une très belle fraîcheur, le vin possède cet équilibre aérien des meilleurs spats, une superbe finale large, complexe, minérale, magnifiquement saline. Wow! 93+ pts (1167 views)
 Tasted by kenv on 5/26/2012 & rated 94 points: Opened this on 5/26 at a party. Did take notes. It was definitely delicious. Now it's 5/30, and this baby is singing! Beautiful light gold color with a hint of green. Gorgeous nose of fresh peaches with hints of grass and petrol. Great harmony in the mouth with a complex mix of flavors: lilacs, peaches, apricots, slate. Just archetypical Dönnhoff Spätlese. Wonderful! (1228 views)
 Tasted by Keith Levenberg on 1/25/2012 & rated 84 points: Melon and pear-like fruit in a mellow secondary stage, and while there does seem to be some kind of metallic minerality at the core that isn't just the power of suggestion from the Kupfergrube name, it's still in a soft and loose-knit package, a little dull compared to the Hermannshohle. (2312 views)
 Tasted by cct on 10/10/2011 & rated 91 points: light golden green, youthful color. Fresh and clean with lime, fresh white cherries, and some fruit salad. Good depth and balance of sweetness and acidity. This has excellent freshness, clarity and length. I am now certain the last blle was off. Early peak. (1558 views)
 Tasted by Uglypinga on 6/17/2011: Nose of peaches and apricots, the palate is intense with stone fruits, honey and great acid. Unctuous in texture but a very nice clean finish. Delicious. (1827 views)
 Tasted by Eric on 2/19/2011 & rated 90 points: Quite delicious. Almost creamy on initial approach with the requisite bit of diesel lurking in the background. This moves to a lovely core of mineral and green apple. Probably still a touch closed at this stage and partway between primary and secondary. (2883 views)
 Tasted by salil on 1/28/2011 & rated 91 points: Still very youthful with fresh white cherries, apples and citrus fruits combining seamlessly with gentle floral and mineral elements in a very polished whole. There's plenty of acidity here, really nice balance though it still comes across very primary. Keeping my hands off other bottles for now. (2191 views)
 Tasted by locovino on 1/10/2011 & rated 90 points: Very tasty Riesling but I guess I'm looking for a bit more minerality here. Super ripe nose of soft pear and apple with a bit of straw/hay thrown in. In the mouth very sweet but in good balance with the acid which makes this very easy to drink. Probably too young right now so I'll give my other bottle of 2002 another ten years in the cellar just to see what happens. (2335 views)
 Tasted by AndrewSGHall on 1/3/2011: Green apple appeal, a touch of Riesling age in there, nice balance, but really lacked any compelling aspects or detail. (2386 views)
 Tasted by Eric on 11/19/2010 & rated 92 points: AP#77530100903. Ahh, quenching green apple with amazing precision and cut. Young and quite lithe. This has dropped plenty of babyfat but still is not secondary with just a hint of petrol. Nice minerality emerging on the palate. Really lovely wine. (3054 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By John Gilman
View From the Cellar, Jan/Feb 2014, Issue #49, Recently Tasted German, Austrian and Alsace Wines: A Range of Rieslings (and Friends) from Dry to Dessert
(Schlossböckelheimer Kupfergrube Riesling Spätlese – Hermann Dönnhoff) Login and sign up and see review text.
By Jean Fisch and David Rayer
Mosel Fine Wines, Maturing Mosel: 10 years after retrospective of 2002, Issue #18 (4/1/2012)
(Dönnhoff Schlossböckelheimer Kupfergrube Riesling Spätlese) Login and sign up and see review text.
By John Gilman
View From the Cellar, Jul/Aug 2006, Issue #4, The Beautiful Wines of Hermann Dönnhoff
(Hermann Dönnhoff Schlossböckelheimer Kupfergrube Riesling Spätlese) Login and sign up and see review text.
By John Gilman
View From the Cellar, Bonus Articles, 2002 German Rieslings (May 2004)
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By David Schildknecht
Vinous, January/Febuary 2004, IWC Issue #112
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (12/8/2003)
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By Lyle Fass
Rockss and Fruit (3/9/2004)
(Donnhoff Schlossbockleheimer Kupfergrube Riesling Spatlese) Subtle nose of white flowers and a whiff of cherries. Outrageously complex palate with a beautiful viscous texture and a long meandering finish. The acid seems much more present than it did on release. It seems to have some of it's baby fat.
By Lyle Fass
Rockss and Fruit (10/16/2003)
(Donnhoff Schlossbockleheimer Kupfregrube Spatlese) Dramatic nose of mashed nuts, kiwi, minerals, salt, white peach andcitrus. Very complex. Like concentrated and ripe lime juice on the palate with a hint of exotic orange citrus fruits with the famous as Mark Hanes calls it "the Donnhoff dissolve." Good,but not great. I was expecting more
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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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