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 Vintage2008 Label 1 of 12 
TypeWhite - Off-dry
ProducerDönnhoff (web)
VineyardOberhäuser Brücke

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2014 and 2030 (based on 9 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Donnhoff Oberhauser Brucke Spatlese on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 91.9 pts. and median of 93 pts. in 28 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by winesteward on 3/23/2015 & rated 90 points: Light green/gold. There's a rather creamy aspect to the nose. Not very sweet. Red apple, pineapple, a hint of smoky flint and a steely core define this wine. Some bitter pomelo notes on the long finish. Dangerously easy to drink at 8.5% alcohol. Aside from 3 small glasses for my wife, I drank the whole bottle by myself for dinner with some leftover schnitzel and schweinshaxe. Delicious stuff! (798 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 4/27/2014 & rated 93 points: Sans notes (1354 views)
 Tasted by Seafoam Manor on 12/26/2013 & rated 92 points: Very elegant wine, balancing acidity, stone fruits and minerality. Good, but not up to par with some of the more recent vintages I've tasted, which have been spectacular. (1415 views)
 Tasted by eharkins on 9/24/2013 & rated 93 points: Nice mix of citrus and stone fruit, some green apple in the background, palate has a nice juxtaposition between acidity and sweetness, both on the high side but matching wonderfully and neither gets in the way of the terrific fruit, really juicy long finish (1830 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 9/22/2013 & rated 93 points: Mostly Rieslings at home: Youthful and immature, yet the balance here bodes well for future development. Great "2008" acidity and juicy, tangy fruit. Hold. (1793 views)
 Tasted by salil on 9/22/2013 & rated 94 points: This is one of the more restrained and understated young Brückes I recall from the last few vintages, there isn't a lot of sweetness and the fruit's a touch tarter with a sharp grapefruit and green apple character alongside riper peach and floral elements. Beneath all the fruit there's a vivid mineral undercurrent, an almost crystalline texture to the wine and tremendous acidity balancing the moderate sweetness and keeping it very light and focused. There's amazing balance and structure here, but I have no issues drinking it so young as it's absolutely spectacular right now. (2143 views)
 Tasted by rm wines on 8/4/2013: Intense and rich, but with enough acidity to keep everything tied together. This is in a good place now and should keep getting better, if you can keep your hands off. (1269 views)
 Tasted by amateurwino on 5/10/2013 & rated 92 points: From memory, this is coming along nicely, with good delineation and a slightly creamy mouthfeel. 92-93 (1314 views)
 Tasted by tooch on 4/26/2012 & rated 92 points: Lots of grapefruit, white florals, crushed rock and mango. Great composition to the palate with expressive, layered flavors of tart pear, apple, tangerine and peach. The acidity is great and the complexity of the palate is gorgeous. Great stuff. (2949 views)
 Tasted by tooch on 4/18/2012 & rated 90 points: Nice tropical fruits and acidity, as usual. The palate had nice acidity, and beautiful mango, passion fruit and peach tones. Oberhäuser Brücke continues to be my favorite Donnhoff cuvee and while this lacked some of the energy it had upon release, it was still quite elegant and satisfying. (2778 views)
 Tasted by ikileo on 1/18/2012: Tasting of Weingut Hermann Donhoff Wines (Taberna): Nose: I took a sniff and said 'woah'. Unique interesting but attractive notes. The smokiness and flinty notes really comes out here with a shot of pesticide without the toxic aspect of it. Very wild.

Taste: Honeyed notes, intense with a dry mid-palate. Many level of complexities that I enjoyed very much along with a slightly creamy mouthfeel. A riesling that brings wild notes with elegance. (3777 views)
 Tasted by Dbrane on 1/18/2012 & rated 85 points: Dönnhoff Tasting with Helmut Dönnhoff (Taberna Wine Bar, Singapore): Rather green on the nose. Inadequate ripeness from the vintage? Not as sweet as expected. Lightish for a Brücke. However, this still has depth within it. (3392 views)
 Tasted by Rani on 7/31/2011 & rated 91 points: Dinner with Helmut and Gaby Donnhoff (Herbert Samuel restaurant, Tel Aviv): Not as bright (or brilliant) as the Norheimer Kirschheck. Darker in color, sweeter and not as vibrant, though still a damn good Spatlese. (3493 views)
 Tasted by salil on 5/21/2011 & rated 91 points: Not showing quite as much as it did a few months ago, could very well be closing down. With some air there's some bright peachy fruit and floral elements around a spine of powerful acidity that cuts through the sweetness, and this finishes almost dry, tasting like a halbtrocken. (2220 views)
 Tasted by KingSlacker999 on 2/27/2011 & rated 93 points: Great crisp wine right now with ever so slight hint of petrol. Nice citrus and subtle tropical fruit on the nose. Sweetness is slight, not at all too sweet. A beautiful drinking wine. (2643 views)
 Tasted by salil on 1/24/2011 & rated 93 points: Really streamlined, light and focused; full of fresh citrus, grapefruit and peachy flavours that seem to be infused with a vivid, crystalline minerality. The sweetness here is quite restrained (especially compared to other recent vintages of Brücke) with really bright acidity keeping it very vibrant and refreshing. (2599 views)
 Tasted by Jmikan on 11/7/2010: ***. Tuoksu: Erittäin hedelmäinen, verkkomelonia, persikkaa, sitrusta, punaista omenaa
Maku: Hapot mandariinillta, täyteläinen, "lähempänä auslesea",

Osta lisää. (3128 views)
 Tasted by Ben Christiansen on 10/16/2010: I am not exactly quite sure how to express myself about this wine -- right from pulling the cork it was like sitting down at a bar, next to a person I didn't know, but had a darn good feeling about. And right from the moment I asked her to pass the popcorn I knew we were going to have a great time together. And just from how she passed the popcorn gave me a smile. This tasting note makes no sense.

This wine is was just so much fun to be with -- not to taste, although I did end up drinking the entire magnum and falling asleep with the double hock in my arms -- but rather just to be with, to enjoy and to ponder how beautiful it indeed is.

Thank god I have more, but I should have bought more still. (3012 views)
 Tasted by brooklynguy on 10/12/2010: day 1 - fruit forward and generous, well balanced and simply delicious. richness but not so much a sensation of sweetness. day 2 - although the orchard fruit is still ripe and luscious, the fruit has moved into the background a little bit and the wine is more about earth and rock, brown spices, savory and unctuous. The RS is oddly more noticeable on day 2 on the finish. (3170 views)
 Tasted by erichrod on 8/19/2010 & rated 94 points: Very balanced, complex, special. (3385 views)
 Tasted by herberto on 8/14/2010 & rated 94 points: Typically brilliant crystaline spat. Lean and vibrant. (3078 views)
 Tasted by hutch on 1/19/2010 & rated 94 points: Skurnik/Theise Spring Tasting (City Winry): Soft, unbelievably varied. Round, just layers of fruit. Long finish that doesn't seem to end. Beautiful stuff. 93-94 (4294 views)
 Tasted by cct on 9/1/2009 & rated 93 points: Great flesh and fruit, and freshness again with Brucke texture. Not sure how to describe it other than it tastes like where it came form. I often do not love this dirt unless it is in a higher RS wine, but this is wonderful. 93pts. (3701 views)
 Tasted by steffenpelz on 7/28/2009: The man, the myth, the Legend. Tasting with Helmut Doennhoff. (Weingut Doennhoff): It should be the best Spaetlese Doennhoff produces because the vineyard is a Spaetlese and Auslese vineyard, but on this day, it didn't move me as much as the Kupfergrube did. It shows solid citrus, orchard peach, and slate tones, but it doesn't quite get me to whhere the Kupfergrube took me. Still an amazing wine, though. (4427 views)
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
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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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Wikipedia article on Spätlese.

Oberhäuser Brücke

Here you can see why the Brücke is so prone to Botyrtis and Eiswein.

jht: The eponymous Brücke ("Bridge"), also called the 'Leitpoldbrücke', that connects Oberhausen and Niederhausen, has very interesting local connotations, joining a 'Catholic' (Bavarian) town with a 'Protestant' town (Prussian), from south to north respectively. So it actually crosses the boundary between two former German kingdoms and is named for King Leopold of Bavaria. The vineyard below the bridge along the Nahe river was actually part of the Niederhauser Hermannsberg, but was divided off from it and switched municipal 'allegiances' at the behest of the Donnhoff family, that is really the result of a Catholic-Protestant marriage. And the Donnhoffs really do bridge all that is good and fine in the Nahe valley. This vineyard is especially fine for making Botrytis wines and Eisweins. A section of the vineyard is especially planted so that it is easier to harvest an Eiswein here, and some of the most brilliant Eisweins in Germany have been made here, such as the 1998, the 2001, and the 2002 ones. It is often possible to make more than one marketable Eiswein here in a good year for it; the resultant wines, such as the 1998s, are named after the day of the week upon which they were harvested. The 'Montag' of that year is one of the most highly desired great rarities of the German series. When there is more Eiswein than can be used commercially, or that doesn't have the specific character the Donnhoffs look for in these wines, it is used in the other wines from this vineyard, that are often erroneously called 'declassified'. Often the best Eisweine in this series are the Auction wines, late-offered usually at Bad Kreuznach, have gone for tens of thousands of Euros a bottle.

This is Alleinbesitz (wholly-owned) to the Donnhoffs. jht


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