White - Off-dry

2008 Dönnhoff Schloßböckelheimer Kupfergrube Riesling Spätlese


  • Germany
  • Nahe
Drink between 2015 - 2028 (Edit)
CT91.8 33 reviews
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Community Tasting Notes 25

  • chatters wrote:

    July 1, 2017 - off dry but the acidity is very much freshining things up here…quite key lime pie with confectioners cream with a dollop of honey. Perhaps a little forward for what I expected though the cork was more than sound….I matched this (by necessity rather than choice) with a couple of rotisserice roast chicken, coleslaw and garlic aioli seedy sourdough rolls and the whole was bloody marvellous - the juxtaposition of the sourdough and sweetness, the clean sweep of the acidity against the fattiness of the chicken and the lime complimenting the aioli ennobled by the creamy texture of the wine and the mayonnaise was pretty special. What an unexpected and utterly enjoyable surprise.

  • Milkmansteve Likes this wine: (91 points)

    January 17, 2017 - From a magnum and it surprised me how advanced this was. If this was a blind tasting I would have guessed a 2000 or 2002. Still vibrant but most of the primary fruit had aged into it's secondary notes already. Dark golden color already as well. Lacking some of the prickly acidity that I associate with 2008.

    Reminded me of how sad I am that Donnhoff parted ways with their Kupfergrube parcels as I really did enjoy these offerings quite a bit more than the Brucke or Felsenberg offerings. But they received more Hermannshohle in return, so a tactical move even if it did put an end to a uniquely beautiful piece of winemaking.

    Delicious, but I'll probably pop my other bottle soon as I'm not sure it's keeping as well as expected.

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  • chatters Likes this wine:

    July 20, 2016 - Tiny touch of frizzante on the palate but otherwise all that one would expect; length, abundant fruit, serene balance of acid and flavour. Positively evaporated with pork cutlets on a bed of fennel and apple. Yum

  • rossi.wine wrote: (93 points)

    January 22, 2016 - Another lovely bottle. Superbly balanced - so vibrant and full of energy. Sweet fruit, lots of acidity, mineral notes and a lingering, spicy finish. Drinking very well, but this will be great for years to come. 92-94

  • rossi.wine wrote: (92 points)

    May 18, 2015 - Tropical fruit, yellow stone fruit, white flowers and minerality on the nose. Ripe fruit mixed with lime fruit on the palate, slightly sweet at first but there is lots of acidity. Wonderfully balanced. Mineral, precise, long. Delicious. Should evolve further. 91-92+

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  • By Joel B. Payne
    January/February 2010, IWC Issue #148 (link)

    (Donnhoff Schlossbockelheimer Kupfergrube Riesling Spatlese) Subscribe to see review text.


  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    6/10/2009 (link)

    (Dönnhoff, Schlossböckelheimer Kupfergrube Riesling Spätlese Nahe White) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By John Gilman
    Mar/Apr 2009, Issue #20, The 2008 German Vintage: Classic Wines of Cut and Charm

    (Schlossböckelheimer Kupfergrube Riesling Spätlese- Weingut Dönnhoff) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Chase DuBay
    December 2009 (link)

    (Dönnhoff Schlossböckelheimer Kupfergrube Riesling Spätlese, Nahe, Germany) This wine blew me away when I tasted it earlier this year. It is the perfect combination of balance, purity of fruit, and mineral depth. Because the 2008 vintage is much leaner than other recent years, the high acidity perfectly balances the residual sugar, allowing an arsenal of mineral and tertiary flavors to bounce off the clean and focused fruit. Truly a spellbinding wine.
    Sommelier's Choice: Top Releases of 2009

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2008
  • Type White - Off-dry
  • Producer Dönnhoff
  • Varietal Riesling
  • Designation Spätlese
  • Vineyard Schloßböckelheimer Kupfergrube
  • Country Germany
  • Region Nahe
  • SubRegion n/a
  • Appellation n/a
  • UPC Code 4260031858193

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 12 (3%)
  • In Cellars 249 (68%)
  • Consumed 106 (29%)

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