Community Tasting Notes (15) Avg Score: 92.9 points

  • This is so good. Light but powerful. Golden color. Tropical fruits. Citrus zest, apricot, brown sugar, minerality. And acidity! So vibrant and fresh. The finish just keeps going, the sweetness is perfectly balanced. This is all you could want in an Auslese.

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  • Really terrific. Complexity, acidity and length. The sweetness is well balanced. Lemon citrus, tropical fruits all bunched together. This has an incredible lip smacking acidity.

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  • This is from a 375ml bottle, and it is prime time! Slightly browned peach, with a cherry glaze, deep minerality, and a finish that goes on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on...err...where was I...oh this is so freaking good that it is hard to capture the experience. Whoa nelly! Anyone who thinks that Donnhoff wines do not age into something beautiful, please send your bottles to me.

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  • #17-05. From half bottle. Pale gold. Mineral-inflected nose, with notes of pineapple and almonds, but this vintage seems to be quite restrained. The palate is also restrained, with a very prominent vein of acidity showing through. On the other hand, this is balanced between sweetness, acidity, and sheer extract. Makes you wonder how one wine can be everything at once. An excellent showing.

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  • #17-05. From a half-bottle. Strange bottle, don't quite know what to make of it. Initially when opened almost a fortnight ago, there were lots of musty aromas, both on the nose and on the palate. Now, there are some slight honey and apple notes, as well as signs of botrytis, but the aromas are really muted, so I am still thinking that this bottle is flawed. On the palate, there is a lot of acidity, and the mustiness that I noticed before seems to have dissipated. Intense green apple notes (that last for quite some time on the finish, too), but there's something missing from this bottle that I've found in other Dönnhoff wines... not rated.

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  • By Joel B. Payne
    January/February 2006, IWC Issue #124, (See more on Vinous...)

    (Hermann Donnhoff Niederhauser Hermannshohle Riesling Auslese (half bottle)) Subscribe to see review text.

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