Not sure if this was simply closed and shut down or just a waste of money. Honestly, no aromatics, no acidity, no nothing. Like drinking thin syrupy sweetened juice of some kind. Easily worst bottle of donnhoff I've ever had. Score withheld.
#18-12, 8.5% abv. From half bottle. Not quite up to scratch from when I last tasted this. It seems like this has already shut down. Very muted nose, with just moderate hints of apple, almond blossom, and honey. A slight hint of sulphur as well. The palate is moderately sweet, and the main feature is stones. I realize that's a great thing to have in a riesling, but this is lacking the contrasting fruity exuberance to balance out the stony austerity (cause it's German, get it?). Note to self: read old tasting notes and follow own suggestions. It's not the first time this has happened. The other four bottles are going to the back of the cellar.
As this came very late in the evening I didn't make any notes. Having tried the 2010 version of this last November, I though this was quite similar. The striking acidity is present here as well, although not as vibrant as in the '10. Thus, this feels a bit "heavier", but I must stress that this is not heavy at all compared pretty much any other wine. Bright tropical fruit aromas are of course on the young side. Dönnhoff delivers again.
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(Dönnhoff Oberhäuser Brücke Riesling Auslese "Goldkapsel") ($45.00) Dönnhoff is the only vintner I know – let me repeat that: the only vintner I know, who understands that Auslese is a refinement of the soul of the Spätlese, not a departure into the genre of botrytis-dessert wine on a miniature scale. And the moment you taste this, you will know: greater divinity is not to be conceived. The lion lies down with the lamb. All is forgiven, yet no need to forgive any more. Wine – life – doesn’t offer a grace tenderer, more calming, more grave, and yet more unquiet than this. It is a beacon by which you locate your deepest soul. +++
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