Almost sauternes-like on the nose, maybe not surprising as 2006 is supposedly one of the better botrytis years in Germany over the past couple of decades. Rich and lush, as expected, with a fair amount of density and viscosity, good intensity of flavor, with honeyed baked peach, hints of dried apricot and pineapple, a subtle saline quality, moderate but adequate acidity, fairly lengthy finish.
I was lucky enough to taste through the entire 2006 lineup with Helmut Donnhoff in May, 2007. Of all the Auslesen (Brucke, Hermannshohle, Felsenberg, Kupfergrube), the Brucke was far and away the most interesting and balanced. Perhaps it is simply too early to be trying one now, but the youthful zing is muted, and the flavors are a bit lackluster in comparison to what it was early on. I'm more an more convinced that the best time to drink sweet German wines is when they are still young and zippy. I've had enough with age to know what they can become, but I think that's a rarity, more than the norm.
Papaya spear, petrol, white tea, peach pit and a little cayenne pepper. Driven and longer than anything by Wagner and just as full and entertaining. There's crisp acidity and everything falls into a harmonious exhibition. Drink now -.
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(Donhoff Oberhauser Brucke Riesling Auslese (375 ml)) #1; COLOR-beautiful medium golden; NOSE-fresh cut star fruit; like Sprite (lemon-lime); Ricola; heavy herbaceous action; hint of soap action; some honey component; TASTE-I love that this is not too goopy; very fresh; massive balance of acid and fruit; huge tropical fruit (pineapple, guava; papaya); great length; this is extremely well made dessert wine; DS-98; GV-94+
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