2011 Dönnhoff Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle Riesling Spätlese

SKU #1117639 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A riveting, high-toned aromatic diversity announces the Donnhoff 2011 Niederhauser Hermannshohle Riesling Spatlese with themes that inform an at once creamy yet subtly tannic and vibrant palate: quince, pear, lychee, nut oils, fusel oils, distilled herbal essences, brown spices, and smoky black tea. This behaves as if a bit of Traminer had been blended-in. The rich nuttiness and glaze of honey as well as sheer succulence of fruit make for a more opulent performance than that of Brucke, but to say that this is less energetic or dynamic would be misleading. Its incessant interplay of elements is utterly kaleidoscopic -- just more calmly harmonious than the Spatlese from next door. Like that sibling, this deserves to be followed for a good quarter-century.  (2/2013)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Delicately refined aromas of pineapple, quince and herbs. The refreshing palate offers a subtle interplay of ripe citrus fruits and salty minerality. A pure and expressive finish provides stature. I may be underrating this, but it's certainly one of the great spatleses of the vintage.  (2/2013)

91 points Wine Spectator

 The ripe melon and jellied citrus flavors are well-concentrated in this effusive style. Saline notes match up with white pepper accents, finishing with dried mango and plenty of spice. Drink now through 2035.  (4/2013)

Jancis Robinson

 Riper on the nose than the Leistenberg Kabinett. It's minerally too but there's a lightly floral touch. Classic Nahe purity and elegance. Seems surprisingly gentle and approachable. Quite sweet, with the acidity and sweetness needing time to meld. Fine length.  (7/2012)

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