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1997 Nikolaihof Riesling Vinothek


  • Austria
  • Niederösterreich
  • Wachau
Drink between 2015 - 2022 (Edit)
CT93.4 74 reviews
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Community Tasting Notes 65

  • glou.sf Likes this wine: 97 points

    August 16, 2022 - Gorgeous nose with notes of smoke, peach, citrus, ginger, floral notes, and orange peel. Nice acidity with more peach, stone fruit, a bit of pear, and saline notes on the palate. The palate seems a bit richer and riper than the nose, but it's perfectly balanced. Long finish. Very complex, outstanding wine! This was nothing like a bottle opened about 2 years ago, which was good, but in retrospect probably off.

  • ChrisR Likes this wine:

    August 6, 2022 - Similar to, yet somehow so much better than, my last bottle. Gentle, complex aromas of flowers (buddleia - ha, just kidding, I wouldn't know buddleia if it was stuck up my nose), white stone fruits, nuts, honey and smoke, all drifting out of the glass. The botrytis elements were more obvious this time. Dense, slightly oily texture, firmed up with acid, but giving the ultimate impression of silky, caressing smoothness. Finishes long. The bare description does not do it justice. This had the "je ne sais quoi" the prior bottle lacked. This had it all going on. This was a wine to savor and think well of life and all the gifts it brings.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • Ebrim wrote:

    July 6, 2022 - See previous note

  • cardsandwine Likes this wine:

    January 12, 2022 - Continues to drink with lots of soul. An amazing Riesling that should continue to drink beautifully for some time to come.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • NoTrollingerPlease Likes this wine: 94 points

    April 1, 2021 - Online Blind Tasting #7: 1997 Horizontal: Note is based on a tasting sip in the morning on day one, ~4cl on the evening and 0,1l filled in a bottle and sealed with argon gas on the evening of day three.
    Glass: Zalto Universal
    Clear, deep golden color. Clean, medium+ intense, fully developed nose. Ripe fruit, apple must and apple peel, botrytis, some oxidative notes, spices. Very deep and complex, but also a bit freaky.
    Bone dry, but with lots of extract sweetness. Seems to have a lot of alcohol, but has only 12,5% abv. High, racy acidity, wonderfully integrated. On the palate yellow stone fruit, apple peel and must, very mineral, some botrytis. Very elegant, round and soft. Very deep, with good tension and density. Long and complex finish, driven my spices and some fruity, musty notes. For me at its full peak. Drink now or within the next years. 93-94

    2 people found this helpful Comment
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  • By David Schildknecht
    2013: A Great Vintage for Austrian Riesling and Grüner Veltliner (Nov 2015), 11/1/2015 (link)

    (Nikolaihof Wachau Riesling Vinothek) Subscribe to see review text.

  • By James Suckling
    4/7/2015 (link)

    (Nikolaihof Riesling Wachau Vinothek, Austria) Subscribe to see review text.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1997
  • Type White
  • Producer Nikolaihof
  • Varietal Riesling
  • Designation Vinothek
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country Austria
  • Region Niederösterreich
  • SubRegion Wachau
  • Appellation n/a
  • UPC Codes 1225200359508, 9005654000599

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 11 (1%)
  • In Cellars 511 (62%)
  • Consumed 300 (36%)

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