Not much happening on the nose, almost closed. Creamy tropical fruit, vanilla, coconut and mature green pears. Elegant and mineral, as always with Dönnhoffs wines. Much more going on on the palate. Light, fresh and perfectly balanced sweetness. Mature pears and tropical fruit, vanilla and a dash of lemon. Laid back acidity keeps the fruit from being too heavy, the quality is evident. Long aftertaste that really closes the deal, fenomenal. Still very young but definitely approachable, grown up lemonade.
Chicago ♥ Dönnhoff (Chicago, IL): #13-11, 8% abv. Ah, the (in)famous 2010 acidity rears its head. Almost no nose on this wine. Obviously, the acidity is the prominent feature on the palate, but despite that, this bottle is never screechy or obnoxious about its pH level. A lot of juicy pineapple behind the acidity (it's kind of weird -- the acidity hits you first, and then you pick out the fruit). It will be very interesting to see how these bottles fare in the future. I ought to get some to do that...
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(Dönnhoff Oberhäuser Brücke Riesling Spätlese) ($53.00) It seems drier but it isn’t. It’s explosively mineral yet its true depth is only glimpsed through a translucent mass of vinosity. Yet there’s also a buoyant lift and yet again a sort of gravitas, like a monk who likes flying kites. Part of this wine sleeps the sleep of the untroubled heart. And part of it is awake for hours, troubled by the pain of the world.
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