2010 Dönnhoff Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle Riesling Spätlese #14
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Alluring scents of sweet honeysuckle, musky peony, and smoky black tea waft from the glass of Donnhoff 2010 Niederhauser Hermannshohle Riesling Spatlese A.P. #14, then follow inner-mouth in a display of richness and palpable density yet striking buoyancy, backed by fresh lime and white peach, nut oils and stone serving as underpinnings and subtle salinity for saliva-inducement. 'This year, abnormally' notes Donnhoff, 'the Hermannshohle achieved some of the acid retention and energy usually more characteristic of Brucke.' This gem should be worth following for over two decades.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Pale golden yellow. Tantalizing aromas of papaya, cherry, sweet herbs and tobacco. Discreet but intense cherry fruit rises from the mid-palate, brightened by brilliant acidity. This lusciously spicy sp a tlese finishes deep and long. I may be underrating this.
According to importer Terry Theise: "What, really, is left to say? All the images have been spent, the cupboard of adjectives is bare. In 2010 the slate is more prominent, the tones go less to scarlet and raspberry and more to limes and leaves and a surmise of licorice; the focus is arresting; the wine bores into you. Spit all you want, it won’t leave your mouth."