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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Promising nose of peach, lime, flint a hint of petrol. Fruity & minerally deliciousness. Just the nose of this makes me happy! On the palate, fruit, fruit and then some more fruit. It feels like you crushed a thousand abricots, tangerines, limes and peaches and concentraded the juice into a single bottle paired with some laserlike precision and electric acidity. The finale is neverending and this is just pure liquid sex.
Gee wiz, wine isn't supposed to be this good without spending hundreds of dollars. Pear, honeysuckle, a touch of lemon zest - it's all there and it's quite gorgeous. Slightly fruit-forward, but only slightly.
Jesus. This was easily one of the top 5 wines I've ever tasted. Pale golden yellow with green outer rim. The nose was a remarkable blend of tupelo honey, orange blossom mead, and fresh pitted fruit. Not a hint of petrol at all. On the palate, this wine was utterly amazing. A perfect balance between tart acidity and mouth coating sweetness. The finish just went on and on. If you have more than a few, I encourage you to try one to get a baseline.
Pale robe with green outer rim. On the nose, this was a bit mute (served too cold). But as it warmed up, it revealed notes of fresh apricots, honey and some white flowers. No diesel at all. On the palate, this EXPLODED with fruit and honey. It coated the palate evenly and the lenght was incredible. Also very fresh with crisp acidity. Was pure happiness with the cheeses. Give me more!
Popped and poured at 10C. Light yellow with green reflections. Leesy apple/floral bouquet with crushed slate mineral backdrop. Round entry with perceptible sweetness the first impression but this rapidly opens into a massive midpalate whollop of citrus and honeyed oak, grilled toast and a slate core. The finish shines on this, with acidity coming to the fore and breathing tension into the honeyed citrus notes over a pulsating final that still leaves one smacking their lips 2 minutes later.
Talk about a beginning, middle and end. This wine just sparkles which character and depth. Had to sneak a peek at this wine and am happy to have a good stash parked away but am not expecting to get to the others till around 2018 or so.
Holy schnikies! It would take a hydraulic press to get more delicious yummy goodness into this bottle of wine. It's amazing, with juicy and bright fruit, mixed lime and tangerine peel oil, powdered citrus, slightly saline and something akin to gunpowder residue/ mineral-ness. It is as fine and balanced as a wine can be. Again, sweet riesling fruit juicy and bright, and dusted with minerals. I don't know how anyone who likes this wine could ever let it age in his cellar. I'm thinking right now how strongly I feel about pulling another cork.
Light yellow color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of sea breeze, quince and lime. Flavors of orange, sweet cherries and dried pineapple. Bright acidity, medium to full bodied. Drink over the next 12-15 years plus or minus. No rush.
2011 Simple Dinner Series 3 :: Mark visit (Jade Palace Seafood Restaurant, The Forum Shopping Mall, Orchard Road): Alcohol :: 8.5% Focus, expressive with its honey lemon, citrus, mineral aromas with good hint of freshness. This come a bit lean on the mid palate and tension on the finish. After having the deep fried soon hock fish, the palate become weightier and denser with good sweetness intermixed with mouth watering acidity that carry through the intense mid palate to the rich, sweet finishing, as good as this is, it lack a tad of tension and precision to pull everything together. A really typical German Riesling Spatlese but definitely not the Donnhoff that I knew. My friend told me that this bottle just landed thus I believe it need more time to settle down after travelling. Buy - Re-taste is needed, but not a buy for what it is today.
2011 Simple Series III: Dinner with Mark Robertson of Goedhuis (Jade Palace, Forum Galleria): This bottle was just not showing well. Still a good Riesling, but it lacked the magic I come to expect from a Donnhoff from this plot and the balance I have enjoyed in so many of the top 2009 Spatlesen - this drank more like a 2007, or 2006, with sweetness somewhat approaching Auslesen levels, and not quite enough acidity to give it cut and elegance. Bottle shock maybe I hope the next two bottles in the cellar will show better. I must say that this had a beautiful nose, with nectar, white plums and some rich stone fruit in there somwhere. It was on the palate where the wine came apart slightly. It had a rich opulence to it, and a creamy, almost oily texture. I got a sense of rich fruit on the attack, with nice flavours of nectarines, orange peel, candied tangerines and sweet lemons all demonstrating lots of ripe weight and decent balance. Unfortunately, moving into the mid-palate, it came out a little on the flabby side, with a sweet sugary aftertaste on the finish. Still solid, with plenty of dry extract, but it lacked a bit of the tingly liveliness that Donnhoff achieves with the NH on almost every other vintage I have tried, including the very big 2007. Let's see how the other two bottles show. This was good, but a bit awkward and disappointing given our sky-high expectations.
Dinner with Goedhuis (Jade Palace, Forum): This bottle seemed to be rather advanced. Quite flabby and clumsy. Sweetness felt like a Auslese GK. This is what I would expect from a vintage like 06, not 09. The grace of Dönnhoff is hidden in here somewhere.
This one showed considerable seepage. Why does he use such cheap corks? In any event, glad the case that was meant for storage came home. I tested this one, and it was none the worse for wear. Bright, full, rich tropical fruits -- a little simple and sweet to start, it grew much more serious with air. Drained it too quickly.
Slate, granny smith apples on the nose. Bright acid on the enterance followed by lychee, pear and more apples. Nice long finish. I like the interplay of acid, minerals and fruit in this wine. This may grow up to be better than the '07. Time will tell. 94+
Such luscious silky texture only portends to an expanding flavor wheel of elegance. Starts small and then the mineral fist in the fruit laden glove finishes with a tail of finesse. Rare beauty that time may serve
Nose of ripe yellow apple, lychee, green apple, ananas... in the mouth, beautifull balance betwen ripe tropical fruit, acidity and minerality, very long with a finish that goes on forever... a hint of sweetness that makes it more a dessert wine rather than an apperitif wine