2014 Dönnhoff Oberhäuser Leistenberg Riesling Kabinett Nahe (1.5L)

SKU #1258538 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Riesling Kabinett Oberhäuser Leistenberg is cool, fresh and just ripe on the pure and elegant nose. Gentle and smooth, but also piquant and salty on the palate, this is a light and fruity, well balanced Kabinett with ripe acidity and a pure and salty, very stimulating finish. In a few words: round and juicy, but extremely stimulating and light. As father Hermann Dönnhoff once said, 'The Leistenberg is not the wine with the highest must weight, but it's always our finest wine.' (SR)  (12/2015)

Jancis Robinson

 Almost dainty, but nevertheless animating fragrance of peach and citrus fruit. Lively acidity is perfectly balanced by zesty orange, the residual sugar not allowed to dominate. A racy sort of Riesling that gives Kabinett a good name. (MS)  (6/2015)


 White peach, fresh fig and apple are signaled on the nose and go on to lusciously dominate a buoyant, polished, caressing mid-palate. Hints of inner-mouth floral perfume add allure, but I miss the finishing clarity and sheer refreshment delivered by the corresponding Krötenpfuhl, and for now, at least, there is a not entirely positive sweet-sour tension. Still, there is a lot to like here, including impressive sheer length. (DS)  (5/2016)

Wine Spectator

 Balanced, with apple, peach and pear flavors that are supported by crunchy acidity. The juicy finish has flinty notes. Drink now through 2019. (KM, Web-2016)

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