White

1995 Nikolaihof Riesling Vinothek

Riesling

  • Austria
  • > Niederösterreich
  • > Wachau
Drink between 2025 - 2050
CT94.3 13 reviews
Borrowed from 1990
1990
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Community Tasting Notes 14

  • Ben Christiansen wrote:

    August 27, 2014 - So serene and polite and also just kinda weird. Like the Green Knight inviting himself to dinner. Sure, that's super cool but also hard to explain to the neighbors.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • rossi.wine wrote: (98 points)

    June 27, 2014 - 17 years in large wooden barrels, bottled in April 2012. Not overly expressive on the nose: tart apples, lime notes, a certain coolness and minerality, fine and elegant. On the palate round and open, bright acidity, quite saline, again apples, citrus fruit notes, impressive intensity, concentration and presence. The finish is absolutely wonderful: incredibly persistent, this wine lingers on and on and on. Stunning. I am glad I had a chance to taste this. 97-99

  • Ace of Alsace Likes this wine: (99 points)

    June 2, 2014 - I am not a fan of posting tasting notes online, nor have I ever done so before. But I felt compelled to write about my experience with this wine; the 1995 vintage of the Riesling Vinothek from Nikolaihof.

    I just finished consuming this wine over the course of the past 5 days, and I must say, as a lover of fine Riesling, this surpassed any/all expectations that I had for this golden elixir! The Vinothek continued to evolve over the course of each day. Given its time in cask (well over a decade), it makes sense that it would evolve with oxidation. I wish I had saved more wine to taste this evening, but it was too irresistible not to finish!

    First and foremost, this wine needs LOTS OF AIR. To evaluate this wine without proper decanting/aeration is unjust. If you would like to experience the magic that is in this bottle, then I recommend you open this gem at least 12 hours before tasting.

    I wish all Riesling and fine wine lovers across the world have the pleasure of experiencing this wine sometime in their lifetime. Truly a magnificent wine. I look forward to revisiting my last few bottles over the next several years. It should last for at least half a century.

    Drink now-2050+

  • PinkMoonWinery Likes this wine: (94 points)

    May 11, 2014 - Tasted blind from a Coravin accesses bottle. First nose tells you, this most clearly be a Riesling, but then when you take a sip, the super intense minerals, papaya and floral notes come to life, that made me think it might be a great Hermitage. Well this needs a lot of air but my glass didn't last long enough, so I'm looking forward to the next!

  • BordeauxBuff Likes this wine: (100 points)

    May 3, 2014 - I was fortunate to pick up a few bottles of this wine after the perfect score was released. I had to see for myself what all the hype was about. This wine is worth the hype.

    I read some of the previous tasting notes on CT prior to consuming the bottle, and I decided to decant half of the bottle, as the wine spent well over a decade in cask prior to being bottled. The previous reviewer was spot on, as the wine continued to evolve and get better after several hours of air.

    As a lover of older Rieslings, this is quite possibly the best Riesling I have ever tasted (outside of one or two special SGN's and TBA'S). This wine has amazing concentration, with an ultra long finish, without being too heavy. Quince, papaya, pineapple and other tropical fruit are seamlessly integrated into the wine from start to finish. This is such a joy to drink.

    The wine was even better on the second day, which suggests that it still has a long life ahead of it. Highly recommended, and worth seeking out, if you can find a bottle.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
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  • By Richard Jennings
    1/24/2013 (link) 91 points

    (Nikolaihof Riesling Vinothek) Light yellow color; aromatic, petrol, lettuce nose; petrol, lettuce, leesy, mineral palate; medium-plus finish

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  • By Terry Theise
    2012 Austrian Catalog, 6/1/2012 (link)

    (Nikolaihof Riesling "Vinothek") ($163.00) First came the 1990 Riesling, then the 1991 GV, then the 1993 GV, each of them as beautiful and soulful as wine could ever be.
    And now this.
    It’s just 12.5% alcohol. This tender wine has been alone so long, it’s almost forgotten how to speak in language — so
    it sings. All it does is sing. You want to speak of its noble oxidation but you get caught in the sultry web of its amazing
    floweriness and pure vetiver. It actually, after all these years in cask, needs oxygen. Your sensual-analytical skills don’t help you here. Put them away. Quiet down, all the way down. You can enter the house, they’ve left the door unlocked. But once inside, the rooms are dim. You find your way by an instinct you didn’t know you had. You listen as you never did before. And you are given back to yourself, a strange new person, swimming in beauty and as supple as a child, pensive and amazed.
    <psssssssssssssst!>... I have just a few bottles of an astonishing 1999 Grüner Veltliner Smaragd, bottle-aged, and it’s a +++ quality wine, juicy-greeny-salty and fabulously complex-ly floral. Not cheap, but who’s worth it if not you? + + +

  • By Terry Theise
    2012 Austrian Catalog, 6/1/2012 (link)

    (Nikolaihof Riesling "Vinothek") ($341.00) First came the 1990 Riesling, then the 1991 GV, then the 1993 GV, each of them as beautiful and soulful as wine could
    ever be.
    And now this.
    It’s just 12.5% alcohol. This tender wine has been alone so long, it’s almost forgotten how to speak in language — so
    it sings. All it does is sing. You want to speak of its noble oxidation but you get caught in the sultry web of its amazing floweriness and pure vetiver. It actually, after all these years in cask, needs oxygen. Your sensual-analytical skills don’t help you here. Put them away. Quiet down, all the way down. You can enter the house, they’ve left the door unlocked. But once inside, the rooms are dim. You find your way by an instinct you didn’t know you had. You listen as you never did before. And you are given back to yourself, a strange new person, swimming in beauty and as supple as a child, pensive and amazed.
    <psssssssssssssst!>... I have just a few bottles of an astonishing 1999 Grüner Veltliner Smaragd, bottle-aged, and it’s a +++ quality wine, juicy-greeny-salty and fabulously complex-ly floral. Not cheap, but who’s worth it if not you? + + +

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1995
  • Type White
  • Producer Nikolaihof
  • Varietal Riesling
  • Designation Vinothek
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country Austria
  • Region Niederösterreich
  • SubRegion Wachau
  • Appellation n/a

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 1 (1%)
  • In Cellars 92 (86%)
  • Consumed 14 (13%)

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