Community Tasting Notes (14) Avg Score: 90.5 points

  • Delicious lemon, tropical fruits, and minerals on the nose and smooth palate with racy acidity on the moderate finish.

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  • The first vintage of Dönnhoff from the “Höllenpfad” vineyard (means “path to hell” in German language), an extremely steep vineyard characterized by red sandstone, located in a small side valley of the Nahe River. A delicate dry Nahe Riesling with a brilliant pale lemon color and a pure and aromatic nose showing scents of peach, lemon zest, dried apricot, spices and tropical fruit such as papaya and passion fruit. Excellent concentration and structure on the palate, with abundant youthful citrus fruit, a vivacious acidity and a perfect mineral backbone. Beautiful lingering finish. A pleasure to drink now, but has also a good mid-term cellaring potential.

    2011 was de eerste jaargang van Dönnhoff uit de "Höllenpfad"-wijngaard (betekent "pad naar de hel" in het Duits), een bijzonder steile site met een karakteristieke bodem van rode zandsteenn, gelegen in een klein zijdal van de Nahe. Een delicate droge Nahe-Riesling met een schitterende, bleke citroengele kleur en een pure, aromatische neus met aroma’s van perzik, citroenschil, gedroogde abrikoos, kruiden en tropisch fruit zoals papaja en passievrucht. Een wijn met een uitstekende concentratie en structuur, met overvloedig jeugdig citrusfruit, een levendige aciditeit en een perfecte minerale ruggengraat. Mooie, lang aanhoudende afdronk. Geeft nu al veel drinkplezier, maar gaat zeker nog enkele jaren mee.

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  • only one year later the next bottle, all components are more balanced now, still very young and fresh appearance, tropical fruits such as mango, passion fruit and lemon, strong mineralic aromas, herbs, midweight body, because of still high freshness a long but little lean and tart aftertaste of this bottle, for me this wine needs more cellaring, 88-90+?

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  • Medium(-) straw yellow, no discernible despite 13% abv. Medium(-) aromas of tropical fruits, herbs. Dry, medium(+) fresh tart acidity, medium body and ditto alcohol. Medium(+) flavors of pineapple, mango, yellow apple and mangosteen, mineral. Perfectly balanced, rich texure and medium body lend this wine gravitas. Great length with a for Riesling big finish. Serve chilled, can handle any Asian dish :-).

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  • By Richard Jennings
    1/24/2013, (See more on 93 points

    (Dönnhoff Roxheimer Höllenpfad Riesling trocken) Light green-tinged yellow color; very appealing, mineral, tart green fruit, white peach nose; tasty, precise, minerally, tart white peach, tart green fruit palate with medium acidity; medium-plus finish (from 45 yr old vines)

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  • By Terry Theise
    2012 German Catalog, 6/1/2012, (See more on Terry Theise Estate Selections...)

    (Dönnhoff Roxheimer Höllenpfad Riesling Trocken) ($38.00) I’m not entirely sure what the label will say. It’s a new (for Dönnhoff ) site in Roxheim, that fulfills a long-held dream , to have each of the top sites from what were the several best wine estates in Bad Kreuznach. It’s a sandy loam vineyard, half of which is quite steep. The wine is juicy, salty and it made me think of the jus from a pork shoulder braise, with caraway seeds, celery, springonion, chervil, parsley root; it’s leafy but utterly delicious in this case. “Dry” isn’t an issue – it happens to have no sugar. +

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