2006 Dönnhoff Oberhäuser Brücke Riesling Spätlese

SKU #1034695 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2006 Oberhauser Brucke Riesling Spatlese rises to the challenge with a performance of unforgettable delicacy, refinement and elegance, without stinting on honeyed richness. Gardenia and heliotrope offer a heady bouquet, sprinkled with framboise and lemon. Red raspberry and quince preserves lemon, salt and slate mingle on a creamy, seemingly weightless palate, in a harmonious colloquy, tartness folded into honey and vanilla cream richness. Sensational dynamism, penetrating length, and mysteriously mineral, savory, depth (there is already an unexpected note of bitter chocolate) await you in a bottle of this Brucke over the next quarter century. (DS)  (10/2008)

90 points Wine Spectator

 A firm white, with peach, lime and mineral flavors on an elegant profile. Sleek and understated for the vintage, this has a complex range of flavors and detail.  (4/2008)

Jancis Robinson

 Super-pure and super-tight citrus - an expression of pale lemon. Then perfumed and rounded on the palate. Cool and fresh. Elegance personified but with sinewy strength underneath. Minerality comes through on the finish. 17.5/20 points.  (8/2007)

K&L Notes

According to importer Terry Theise: "Here goes; Riesling as fugue-state. Again as it often is, it seems like the primordial essence of Riesling, in sublime balance, with a gesture of pure force and another gesture of pure delicacy. This is an old soul here, a Saturnine being. On the surface there’s mineral and quince and salty botrytis, but it all roots so deeply into your being you can never pull it out. It awakens the person you are when you’re not busy being you. Here it all is, time and love and sorrow and gratitude, the pool from which we drink when our mere lives seem to fail us." SOS: 1 (10-33 years) +++

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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.
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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.
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Nahe