2011 Dönnhoff Oberhäuser Leistenberg Riesling Kabinett

SKU #1108923 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Prominent wet-stone 'slate' character and piquant toasted walnut lend counterpoint to lusciously juicy apple and quince in a Donnhoff 2011 Oberhauser Leistenberg Riesling Kabinett that epitomizes the distinctive virtues of its genre: levity, transparency to nuance, and refreshment -- and this despite a relatively low-acid and unusually ripe vintage in which the wine pushes 10% alcohol. A sense of extract and stuffing is evident but somehow doesn’t in the least weigh-down this long-finishing Riesling with its delectably dynamic finishing interaction of stone, spice, nuts and fruit. This, Helmut Donnhoff opines, is an example of --a site displaying its special talent.-- Look for at least 12-15 years of exemplary performance.  (2/ 2013)

89 points Wine & Spirits

 This feels very young, with a bright acidity ringing through the rich fruit and a slightly yeasty funk. As it takes on air, it moves from lime to orange and papaya, as well as greater clarity. Give it a few turns in a decanter or a few years in the cellar.  (12/ 2012)

89 points Wine Spectator

 Very juicy, with plenty of apricot, peach and pear in the mix. Offers a refreshing creaminess, delivering sweet cherry notes that extend on the delicate finish. Drink now through 2020.  (4/ 2013)

Jancis Robinson

 More savoury and spicy than the Hermannshöhle. Great tension and freshness pulls you along like electricity. Utterly alive. 17/20 points.  (2/ 2013)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Lichee and lemon oil on the nose. Delicate passion fruit brightened by a salty twang. Refreshing acidity adds a touch of femininity to the spicy finish.  (2/ 2013)

K&L Notes

From importer Terry Theise: "Another, higher register now; cool fruit and high-toned mineral; celestial apple, arresting length, surprisingly obdurate acid-drive; tense and quivering with energy."

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Varietal:

Riesling

- While the rest of the world has often misappropriated the name--Welchriesling, Riesling Italico, Gray Riesling and Emerald Riesling are all names applied to varieties that are NOT Riesling--this exceptional German varietal has managed to maintain its identity. Perhaps its biggest claims to fame are its intoxicating perfume, often described as having honeyed stone fruit, herb, apple and citrus notes, and its incredible longevity - the wines lasting for decades. Aged Rieslings often take on a distinctive and alluring Petrol-like aroma. Within Germany, the grape seems to do best in the warming slate soils of the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer. Other German regions that turn out great Rieslings include Pfalz, Rheingau and Nahe. German Rieslings are made in a range of ripeness levels. The top wines are assigned Prädikat levels to describe their ripeness at harvest. These are: Kabinett, Spätlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese, Eiswein and Trockenbeerenauslese. Riesling has also achieved acclaim in France's Alsace, the only region in that country where the grape is officially permitted. Alsatian Rieslings are typically dry and wonderfully aromatic. Austrian Riesling is also steadily gaining praise and fine Riesling is also produced in Italy's Alto-Adige and Friuli, in Slovenia and much of Central and Eastern Europe. In the New World its stronghold is Australia, where it does best in the Eden and Clare Valleys. It is also planted in smaller amounts in New Zealand. In the US, winemakers are eschewing the syrupy sweet versions of the 1970s and 1980s, instead making elegant and balanced wines in both California and Washington State.
Country:

Germany

- Thanks to a recent string of excellent vintages and to the reemergence of Germany onto the international wine writing scene, this is a country that's hot, hot, hot! Germany is divided into 13 wine Region and produces a very wide variety of wine styles, from incredibly high-acid, dry wines to some of the sweetest, most unctuous concoctions on the planet and even a few surprisingly hearty reds. Most of the highest-quality wines are grown on steep banks along the rivers in these Region. Small vineyards are still mostly hand tended and picked, due to the difficult nature of mechanization on these slopes. White wine production accounts for nearly 80% of the total with Riesling being the most important varietal, though Muller-Thurgau is still more widely planted. Click for a list of bestselling items from Germany.
Sub-Region:

Nahe