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 Vintage2009 Label 1 of 17 
TypeWhite - Off-dry
ProducerDönnhoff (web)
VineyardNiederhäuser Hermannshöhle

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2015 and 2031 (based on 22 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Donnhoff Niederhauser Hermannshohle Spatlese on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 93.2 pts. and median of 94 pts. in 67 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by rocknroller on 6/27/2015 & rated 93 points: Monthly Tasting Group: Rieslings and Thai Food (Sen Yai Sen Lek, Mpls): Light gold color. 2oz pour over 45 minutes. Maybe not quite as spellbinding as the last bottle, but not far from it. The fruit is intense and pure, sweet, pineapple, exotic fruit, kiwi, passion fruit, great acidity, long finish. Will be interesting to see these with 15-20 years on them! (906 views)
 Tasted by Hajoha on 3/21/2015 & rated 93 points: Utrolig nydelig og innbydende på duft. Rene aromaer og frukten går i tropisk retning.
Fyldig og sødmefull munnfølelse men med en letthet som gjør den veldig delikat.
Nydelig konsentrert frukt, flott friskhet og er en meget balansert lekkerbisk.
Ungdommelig vin, men er deilig å drikke nå.
Saftig lang finish som får spyttkjertlene til å jobbe. (1533 views)
 Tasted by Seth Rosenberg on 1/31/2015: Rieslingfeier 2015 Main Event (The Wythe Hotel, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY): Sweet, smoke - meh. Baking spices. (1448 views)
 Tasted by chatters on 7/18/2014: Aromas of ripe apple, peach, slight passion fruit and some wet stone. In the mouth there are flavours of juicy ripe red apples, slight creamy notes, very slight tartness perfectly offset by off dry sweetness. Slight tongue coating quality. Very good but very young. (2835 views)
 Tasted by wineglas on 6/30/2014: Worldwide Whites (Edina Country Club, MN): It is really not fair to put German Rieslings in these tastings as often times they will be wine of the night and really showed outstanding tonight. As one of the cheapest wines represents the best QPR. Floral, apricots, peach galore, and a touch of subtle spice. Long and rich finish. Drink now till 2029. (2937 views)
 Tasted by rocknroller on 6/29/2014 & rated 94 points: Worldwide Whites (Edina, MN): Pale gold color. PNP, drank 1+ glass over an hour. Extraordinary nose with an array of fruits, tropicals, passion fruit, nectarine,lychee, pineapple, floral, mild fusil. The palate is intense and deep with ripe tropical fruit, lime, lime zest, pineapple, passion fruit, searing minerality, crisp acid. Balanced and long. (3156 views)
 Tasted by Dale M on 6/17/2014 & rated 94 points: At first the nose was all minerals and a host of other dry traits, but as the wine opened up, the orchid fruits emerged, as well as an elegant perfume aroma. The palate was a tad simple on the first few sips, but soon expanded into a multi faceted, complex drink. Alan's note of red apple is spot on. I especially loved how light and lithe the palate felt from a weight perspective but absolutely loaded with an intensity of flavor. The back half saw a refreshing wave of citrus and slightly saline tinted acidity that kept everything in perfect balance not to mention vigorous and spry. Lots of life left here, but don't think for a second that this will bring anything less than a smile to your face if opened up today. In hindsight, I would have decanted this an hour or two beforehand. Terrific. (2902 views)
 Tasted by alanr on 6/8/2014 & rated 93 points: Oh my, this is good. One word: red apple skin. Just lovely intensity and balance, very nice acidity, plenty of complexity and interest, little hints of minerality, all dominated by that red apple skin. Honestly, as much as I should age these, I think I'm getting more pleasure from drinking my Spats young. (2929 views)
 Tasted by kalle303 on 12/23/2013 & rated 91 points: will improve (2225 views)
 Tasted by clairenclarence on 11/15/2013 & rated 93 points: a veri mineral bttl.for me tis is slightly sweet.lively acids dancing on palate.a crystaline n nice texture wine.some sign of petrol but i wud luv to hve more to add complexity which tis bttl seriously nd to hve it.wil revisit tis bttl 8 to 10 yrs time (2236 views)
 Tasted by dream on 8/25/2013 & rated 90 points: Lovely nose of fresh peach/apricot along with quince and limestone. This is rich and ripw in the mouth with full flavors of peach, apricot and lime. The finish is long and tangy with notes of complex spices. Fairly sweet but balanced with good but not bracing acidity. Nicely done and ready to drink now. (2825 views)
 Tasted by Seth Rosenberg on 5/7/2013 & rated 90 points: Light yellow. Fresh nose of melon and other rich fruits. Drank enough to confirm that I felt about this like I do about most Donnhoff wines - well made and delicious, but lacking some kind of life and personality I look for. Not inspiring. 15/20. (3588 views)
 Tasted by indiscriminate palate on 5/7/2013 & rated 89 points: Brief Notes from Grand Sichuan: A very simple, yummy, but not transcendental wine. What I would hope for from an over-performing Wednesday-night cheapie to accompany takeout. Since it was neither Wednesday nor very cheap, it is disappointing. (3414 views)
 Tasted by db2 on 4/2/2013 & rated 94 points: It's like doing somersaults and then describing them! More, more, and more. If you've got em' and can, let them sleep! Immense pleasure. a chunk of Valdeon or Stichelton with it , now that's nice. (3306 views)
 Tasted by Dale M on 12/29/2012 & rated 92 points: Obviously very young, but as this was served with top shelf Szechuan food, it fit the bill nicely. Huge notes of smoky nectarine and peach, a decent amount of rs, sneaky acidity, really good Spat. Hold for a couple more of years. (3345 views)
 Tasted by robw on 9/16/2012 & rated 95 points: I was looking for a wine to fit with a spicy hot passion fruit ceviche and shrimp dim sum. What could possibly be better than an off dry riesling and this Hermannshöhle fit the bill perfectly. There is no hurry to drink this wine and another few years in the cellar will do it good. (3328 views)
 Tasted by Christoffer78 on 9/15/2012 & rated 95 points: An absolutely wonderful effort, the 2009 Hermannshöhle Spätlese once more provides immens pleasure. The nose is very expressive with tons of minerals, lime zest, vague subtle petroleum tones and rich lychée. The oily viscosity of the palate is very impressive as is the length on the finish. This wine is surely built for the longer haul, yet it provides immense pleasure today with integration, balance and an overwhelmingly intriguing palate being the keywords. I am sure this effort will continue to develop for many years and my advise is to keep a few bottles for another decade - or so. (3159 views)
 Tasted by viking60 on 8/28/2012 & rated 94 points: Pretty solid. awaiting the judgment of Phredd. (3274 views)
 Tasted by Phredd on 8/25/2012 & rated 92 points: NC Cindy Tasting, August 2012 (Chateau WineKnurd): Decanted 2 hours before the tasting, and tasted two hours after the tasting began, the nose on his was a bit challenged. There was subtle apricot and pineapple, but not a tremendous depth. The palate, on the other hand, was rich and mouth-filling, with lemon curd, sweet apricot, and reduced pineapple. There was balancing acidity, though, to keep this from being too thick and overbearing. The finish was solid but not not world-class. Overall, this was outstanding wine, no question, but while the middle was the highlight, the nose and the finish probably hold this back a little bit for me. At the $38 reported purchase price, it probably delivers right at its price point. (3358 views)
 Tasted by avp on 8/17/2012: A pure nose of ripe and aromatic citrus fruits, kiwi yoghurt, lime blossom, flint and stones.
Sweet and fullbodied palate with steely acidity and intense citrusy fruit. A load of honey, waffle and herbs. Dries considerably towards the minerally mid-length finish.
Yummy stuff - though rather reticent upon opening. We really should have decanted all these youngsters. I preferred this over the Brücke tasted alongside. All about the potential. (2464 views)
 Tasted by cartime on 4/3/2012 & rated 93 points: A bit of sulfur on opening that blew off quickly. Initially, fairly ripe and rich, with a honeyed tropical fruit palate and the acidity a bit overwhelmed. With a couple hours of air, peach, orange, and honeysuckle aromas developed and the palate developed more cut and precision as the minerally acidity came to life. Long, honeyed apple finish. A great wine that has a long life ahead, but hasn't shut down quite yet. (3171 views)
 Tasted by Frank Murray III on 3/25/2012: I don't drink much riesling these days, as the r/s is something that I don't enjoy much anymore. This wine made it to a dinner last night, a thoughtful gift for my wife who has an affection for Donnhoff. I brought the remainder of the bottle home from dinner last night, having a bit of it now to create this note. It tasted sweet last night, although I forgot to check the label but makes sense this is Spatlese. Has a light whiff of petrol on the nose and a texture of honey, chewy lime candy, orange marmalade and apricot. There is a good dollop of acid here but it lies underneath the surface of the honeyed texture. This would go great with an apricot tart or apple pie, perhaps some kicked up spicy food. My own tastes for lighter texture and cut has really moved me onto another road and while I like this wine for what it is shows, I'd rather drink a chablis or chenin if I have a choice of white. (3177 views)
 Tasted by diengo on 1/29/2012 & rated 92 points: Delicate aromas of pear, fuiji apples and white flower blossoms, with mineral slaty delicate notes with a touch of petrol. Excelent acidity and freshness loyal to it's style reminding of the fruits above mentoined. Would wait at least 2 more years to develop it's complexity! (3449 views)
 Tasted by robw on 1/22/2012 & rated 95 points: This wine brings so much pleasure that it is hard to stay away from it. I know that I keep returning all the time. World class! (3584 views)
 Tasted by Christoffer78 on 1/21/2012 & rated 96 points: Just splendid, the 2009 Hermannshöhle Spätlese is an impressively beautiful effort with a nose expressing lime, lychée, passion fruit and an elegant tone of deep minerals. The palate is just amazing with an almost oily viscous structure, pleasant vidvid acidity and a finish which just keeps going on and on. The overall impression of this wine is that it is probably very close to being as good as a riesling can ever get. It is also "a lot of everything", yet it keeps its balance and is simply superbly integrated and truly kept together. Served to Roast Chestnut Soup with Licorice Cream. (3653 views)
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By Joel B. Payne
Vinous, January/February 2011, IWC Issue #154
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (6/10/2010)
(Dönnhoff, Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle Riesling Spätlese Nahe White) Subscribe to see review text.
By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (5/26/2010)
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By John Gilman
View From the Cellar, Mar/Apr 2010, Issue #26, The 2009ers from Germany- Another Absolutely Stellar Vintage That Will Give the 2007ers A Run For Their Money
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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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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.
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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