2011 Donnhoff Norheimer Kirschheck Riesling Spätlese
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Freesia and cherry blossom scent Donnhoff’s characteristically floral and endearing 2011 Norheimer Kirschheck Riesling Spatlese, whose palate alliance of creaminess, levity, infections juiciness, and persistently wafting perfume is downright irresistible. The fruit here lusciously favors Persian melon, pear, quince and dark plum with an enlivening squirt of fresh lime. Black tea smokiness adds intrigue, pear skin a touch of incisive counterpoint, while a subtle sense of stony underpinnings sets off yet more strikingly this gem’s purity, transparency and succulence of fruit as well as headiness of perfume. Look for at least 15 years of glory.
Wine & Spirits
Four days after opening, this wine was still going strong, plush enough to match the fat gilding a slice of smoked duck breast and direct enough to cut right through it. Its mouthwatering minerality is as smooth as the slate in this vineyard, with light herbal notes that give extra lift to the cherry pit and peach flesh flavor.
Very minerally and creamy, with plush flavors of ripe apricot, pear and spice. Enticing mint and white cherry notes linger with ginger. The lively finish features chive and candied basil accents. Drink now through 2028.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Subtle aromas of peach, cinnamon and wild herbs. The bright pineapple flavor is nicely framed by subtle minerality. Full-bodied yet elegant on the finish, this riesling is both quite long and eminently drinkable.