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1998 Dönnhoff Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle Riesling Spätlese Auction
Community Tasting Notes 6
Anonymous wrote: (95 points)
September 12, 2015 - Just like my last bottle, rich, muscular yet precise, with a palate cleansing, lip smacking, chalk dusted finish. A bit on the sweeter side for a Spat, so I would opt to have this with cheese rather than with a meal. Gorgeous, lingering finish.
acyso wrote: (95 points)
September 6, 2015 - Tacos and Black Mirror (Chicago, IL): #13-99, 8.5% abv. The dark colour is a clue to tell you that this is a richer bottle of Spatlese -- this definitely has a fair bit of Auslese character, given the rich and honeyed qualities. Do I also detect a hint of botrytis? The palate is quite sweet and ripe, with lots of tropical character. There's a tartness on the midpalate and finish that lifts this all up, so this is never cloying, even for a moment. But be warned: this is definitely bigger than a "regular" Spatlese.
Anonymous wrote: (95 points)
April 2, 2015 - This has really changed since I last had it, about 13 years ago. It is now more richer, ample and broad shouldered. Lots of tropical fruits, honey and minerals here; veers towards the sweeter side of the spectrum, but the acidity is just as ample and provides lovely balance. Not as precise as the 1995 Egon Muller Scharzhofberger Kabinet auction Riesling that was served next to it, but there was a broader array of rich flavors and an interminable, mineral-tinged finish. In the end, they were both great wines for different reasons... just a matter of personal preference, and I loved them equally.
salil wrote: (95 points)
April 2, 2015 - Riesling and Madeiras at Marco's (Milford, CT): Nice to finally sit down with this over a dinner after missing a couple of opportunities to drink this in the past. Brad's note that this is more Auslese than Spätlese is on the mark - there's a honeyed character around the rich peach, lime, and red berried fruit here, and much more intensity and sweetness on the palate than I'd expect from any of the Dönnhoff Spätlese. It's still very precise and focused though with bright acids beneath, and over the course of a few hours the ripe fruit and honeyed flavours take a step back as the more savoury smoky and mineral elements start to emerge on the nose and palate. Stunning balance, with a very graceful, glossy texture on the palate, and a long finish. A real treat - thanks Marco.
February 14, 2013 - Maureen comes to town and there's not a Burgundy to be had. Riesling and Morgon with Szechuan. (Grand Sichuan Upper West Side.): Maureen brought this expecting Salil to be at the dinner, but he had to drop out after she had already schlepped it to New York. His loss was our gain. Seemingly more Auslese than Spatlese, it spans a broad spectrum of fruit, from tropical, to stone to red with stone notes bringing up the rear and a swirl of honey. For a long while it showed surprisingly soft. I think most of us expected more vibrancy and zip from a '98, but by the end of the evening the structure started to assert itself more forcefully. It sort of seems like a celebrity that knows their status, is perfectly fine keeping their head up high and looking pretty, but doesn't want to say too much lest any mystery or close details get out. I think everyone's WOTN, though that said, while there's a lot of life left, it's peaked to my tastes. A/A-.
Pro Reviews 3
View From the Cellar
By John Gilman
Jul/Aug 2006, Issue #4, The Beautiful Wines of Hermann Dönnhoff
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By David Schildknecht
January/February 2000, IWC Issue #88 (link)
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Rockss and Fruit
By Lyle Fass
(Donnhoff Niederhauser Hermannshohle Spatlese Goldkap (Auction Bottling)) This was stunning wine albeit a bit young. I just had the regular Hermannshohle from '98 and this wine was much much better. I can confidently say that this is the most refined wine in all of Germany. It has such grace and precision and also is ethereally light. The flavors were all red fruits, stone fruit flesh and concentrated citrus. The minerality took a while to come out but once it did it was assertive. The concentration on this wine was astounding and exploded in the mid palate and aldo had the classic Donnhoff dissolve on the finish. Needs much more time as this showed much younger than the regular non-acution NHS bottling. I'll never know as I drank my only bottle and have no regrets I did.
- Vintage 1998
- Type White - Off-dry
- Producer Dönnhoff
- Varietal Riesling
- Designation Spätlese Auction
- Vineyard Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle
- Country Germany
- Region Nahe
- SubRegion n/a
- Appellation n/a
- Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
- In Cellars 13 (50%)
- Consumed 13 (50%)