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1998 Dönnhoff Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle Riesling Spätlese Auction
- > Nahe
Community Tasting Notes 2
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-.
Anonymous wrote: (94 points)
February 7, 2002 - Light yellow in color. Intense flavors of limestone, chalk and apricot/lime. Powerful attack, full midlle, lingering finish. Complete wine.
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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Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
By David Schildknecht
January/February 2000, 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 18 (64%)
- Consumed 10 (36%)