2011 Dönnhoff Oberhäuser Leistenberg Riesling Kabinett
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.
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.
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.
More savoury and spicy than the Hermannshöhle. Great tension and freshness pulls you along like electricity. Utterly alive. 17/20 points.
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.
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."