A hint of petrol on the nose, medium sweet, acids mellowing away, light but not cloying. Lacks punch.
I guess I am not a big Riesling fan no matter how hard I try, no matter which one I buy, no matter how famous the producer is, no matter how much it cost. Its just OK. As in not bad but not great either.
I scored it as high as I did because its held up well for 14 years.
Light yellow color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of diesel, apricot and peach. Flavors of peach, kumquat and a little bit of cherry on the finish. Bright acidity, full bodied. Drink or hold.
Cepages Holiday Tasting: Champagne & Riesling (New York City): I brought this to our Cepages holiday tasting. A bit of petrol & feint floral notes on the nose. Sweetness, but lacking somewhat in acidity. Some tartness, especially at the back end, but a bit on the flabby side. (might have waited too long to open this one). Not a great wine due to lack of balance and complexity. Too much sweetness, too little acidity to balance it.
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(Dönnhoff Oberhäuser Leistenberg Riesling Kabinett) A shimmering yellow-green hue, and a wonderfully evocative nose, rich in aromas of sherbet, tangerine peel, lime zest all backed up by a light, green minerality. The palate doesn't disappoint; it still has that deliciously fleshy, rich, Nahe mouthfeel, but with great depth and more vivacity than I noted on my last tasting. It also has fine complexity, the intense fruit sweetness overlaid with an explosive layer of slate-stone minerality and candied citrus fruits. Impressively textured, with hints of barley water substance. Such vigour and poise, and yet such fine, sherbetty length. Brilliant wine which I under-rated a little last time I am certain.
(Dönnhoff Oberhäuser Leistenberg Riesling Kabinett) A green tinge here. Delicately mineral and stony, fresh, and with some forceful lime fruit. This is similarly forceful on the palate, which has a firm, full and ripe character. Not really racy, but it has a full, voluptuous Nahe style. Grippy, limey, with notes of passion fruit and kiwi, and a tingly mineral character following on nicely from the nose. Almost savoury on the finish though. Yum. I think this will develop nicely in time.
(Donnhoff Oberhauser Leistenberg Kabinett) White flowers, peach pit, other pitted fruits. Sweet apple on the fat, lush and very ripe palate. Little bit of an almost apple cider spice quality on the finish. Tremendous minerality and complexity to this wine.
(Dönnhoff Oberhäuser Leistenberg Riesling Kabinett) An intense blast of lime at first, although this rather obvious fruit aroma quickly disappears, leaving behind more minerally and perhaps less flattering elements instead. The fruit character softens to a more peachy character, along with citrus tones still, but with a sweet orange nuance. And there are also plenty of minerally suggestions, with chalk and talc undertones. The palate is fleshy but fresh and clean, the supple minerally fruit carried along on a raft of texture and pithy, slightly minty white fruits. The finish is sappy, and although there is a thin seam of residual sugar throughout here it seems to finish with a good grip and tension, the overall effect softened by some floral suggestions. Very good.
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