2010 Dönnhoff Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese (TBA) Gold Capsule (375ml)

SKU #1274903 97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 From berries selected out of the corresponding Auslese, Donnhoff's 2010 Niederhauser Hermannshohle Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese was intended to be Beerenauslese, given 180 Oechsle and 14 grams of acidity it was evident that he had a T.B.A. on his hands ? and what a one! High-toned, penetrating aromas of maraschino, marzipan, and pungent lemon rind usher in a creamily rich yet buoyant and enervating palate loaded with quince preserves and pear nectar; honey and caramel; maraschino and white raisin. Brightness of fresh lemon and depth of nut oils emerge in the finish, the sheer abundance of material present here serving to somehow guarantee a seamless yet fruitfully tense cohabitation of this elixir's acidic with its ennobled richness, its spine and vivacity with its creamy opulence. This ought to be worth following for a half century or more. (DS)  (12/2011)

96 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Rich golden yellow. Exuberant aromas of caramelized peach, quince preserves and oyster shell on a bed of honeyed botrytis. Incredibly dense, creamy richness is paired with a juicy, almost salty tanginess. In spite of its depth and weight, this wine remains delicately elegant on the impressively long finish. (JP)  (1/2012)

Jancis Robinson

 Very different on the nose from Emrich-Schönleber’s Monzinger Halenberg TBA. Slightly floral but a strong orange marzipan aroma of botrytised grapes. And yet there is still a stony note even in all that sweet richness. Gleaming honey and lemon – both dense/concentrated and yet full of energy. Fabulous purity. (JH) 18.5/20 points  (2/2013)

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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