Served with Thai food. Either this bottle or the one above it on the rack had been a leaker. Hard to tell as the capsule was sticky. No harm no foul though. Deep golden in color. The nose is really good with slight diesel, wet stones, sea air and slight grapefruits. Full bodied. Lovely velvety texture. On the palate, this is sweet. Certainly not cloying. Good acidity. Layers of flavors and minerality. Long finish. Just killer with Tofu Tamarind dish. Beautiful wine with years to go. For the record, looking at the cork, I don't think this was the leaker.
HDH auction tasting at Tru; 9/18/2015-9/19/2015: #06-07, 8.5% abv. It says Spaetlese on the label, but the colour and palate says otherwise. Heh. A very deeply honeyed wine, with a rich floral nose that shows just a slight hint of botrytis. The palate is chock full of stone fruit and richness, and this seems to confirm that there's some botrytis on the palate. That said, this is still very lightweight and pretty, with a lovely streak of acidity.
Several years of bottle age, and this is no longer a Kirschheck that I care for. The botrytis of the year is creeping in and obscuring the clear flavors that I prize in the Kirschheck bottling. Ah well. There are other vintages.
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(Dönnhoff Norheimer Kirschheck Riesling Spätlese) Light yellow color; nice, very tart lemon, mineral, very tart apple nose; tasty, medium-bodied, tart peach, tart green apple palate; medium-plus finish
(Donnhoff Norheimer Kirschheck Spatlese) This was gorgeously forward and very very smokey with cherries and cassis galore. Decadent but with lovely acidity and purity. Crunchy red fruits and a silky mouthfeel. Young but still open and delicious. Lovely bottle of Donnhoff and I am not a Norheimer guy usually.
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