2012 Gut Hermannsberg Schlossbockelheimer Riesling Trocken (Dry)

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Gut Hermannsberg is the privately owned, modern incarnation of what used to be the Nahe's State Domaine. With the estate management and winemaking in very capable hands, this new label is now available in the U.S. and has plenty to show off. Their Schlossbockelheimer bottling is a dry wine that has been entirely sourced from the Schlossbockelheimer Kupfergrube vineyard, but the village-level pricing is half as much as their Kupfergrube Grosses Gewachs. Village-level wines from fine terroirs such as this represent especially fine values in a vintage such as 2012, which is already gaining a reputation for producing fantastic trockens. Gut Hermannsberg's commitment to the Schlossbockelheim terroir was shown when they traded their holdings in Niederhauser Hermannshohle to Helmet Donnhoff for his holdings in Kupfergrube. So if you ever wondered what happened do Donnhoff's Kupfergrube, here it is! This 2012 bottling has yet to be professionally reviewed, but the 2011 garnered 90 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate.

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