White - Off-dry

2008 Dönnhoff Schloßböckelheimer Kupfergrube Riesling Spätlese


  • Germany
  • > Nahe
Drink between 2014 - 2027
CT91.8 26 reviews
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Community Tasting Notes 18

  • salil wrote: (91 points)

    December 20, 2013 - Tightly coiled at first, there's a stony/dusty aroma over understated citrus and pear fruit, and rather restrained sweetness. Over a couple of hours it starts to open out aromatically, showing more fruit and mineral characteristics with bright acids and wonderful balance, but it always gives the impression that it's holding something in reserve and needs some more time.

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  • salil wrote: (91 points)

    July 7, 2013 - I wasn't thrilled by this on release, but it's gotten a lot better in the last few years and it's drinking very nicely now, though still rather young with fresh pear, peach and citrus fruits gently accented with floral and mineral notes on a polished, medium weight frame. It doesn't have quite the complexity or depth of the Brücke or Hermannshöhle Spätlese, but the balance is lovely with a bright acid spine keeping it very lively and light on its feet, and good length.

  • jasonbolton Likes this wine: (91 points)

    May 28, 2013 - delicious wine to be sure, but lacking a bit of expression. i'm guessing too young, awkward time.

  • Kupers wrote:

    April 16, 2013 - Curiosity got the best of me I think, perhaps a bit too soon to drink this one. Impressions of apricot, plums and lime. Minerality sets a nice base for future improvement I hope, for now too simple for my taste.

  • KeithAkers wrote: (92 points)

    January 12, 2013 - David White comes to town (Domaine Wine Storage and Sun-Wah BBQ, Chicago IL): Nose: Very fresh and aromatic nose filled with tones of pears, green apples, mission figs, and white fruits. There is real nice depth to this as well with an expressive side to it.

    Taste: Medium bodied with crisp medium+ acidity. Well balanced with fresh and succulent tones of pears, green apples, white fruits, and some mineral tones as well.

    Overall: While this isn't the most complex donnhoff that I've had before, it certainly does everything well. It does need some time to fully show itself, but the freshness makes it very attractive right now.

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Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

  • By Joel B. Payne
    January/February 2010, Issue #148 (link)

    (Donnhoff Schlossbockelheimer Kupfergrube Riesling Spatlese) Subscribe to see review text.


  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    6/10/2009 (link)

    (Dönnhoff, Schlossböckelheimer Kupfergrube Riesling Spätlese Nahe White) Subscribe to see review text.

View From the Cellar

  • By John Gilman
    Mar/Apr 2009, Issue #20, The 2008 German Vintage: Classic Wines of Cut and Charm

    (Schlossböckelheimer Kupfergrube Riesling Spätlese- Weingut Dönnhoff) Subscribe to see review text.

Sommelier Journal

  • By Chase DuBay
    December 2009 (link)

    (Dönnhoff Schlossböckelheimer Kupfergrube Riesling Spätlese, Nahe, Germany) This wine blew me away when I tasted it earlier this year. It is the perfect combination of balance, purity of fruit, and mineral depth. Because the 2008 vintage is much leaner than other recent years, the high acidity perfectly balances the residual sugar, allowing an arsenal of mineral and tertiary flavors to bounce off the clean and focused fruit. Truly a spellbinding wine.
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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2008
  • Type White - Off-dry
  • Producer Dönnhoff
  • Varietal Riesling
  • Designation Spätlese
  • Vineyard Schloßböckelheimer Kupfergrube
  • Country Germany
  • Region Nahe
  • SubRegion n/a
  • Appellation n/a

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 15 (5%)
  • In Cellars 228 (73%)
  • Consumed 69 (22%)

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