2015 Dönnhoff Felsenberg Riesling Grosses Gewächs (Dry) Nahe

SKU #1283603 96 points James Suckling

 Clearly the best dry wine I ever tasted from this great site! Perfectly ripe yellow peach nose with a delicate hint of smoke. Packed with ripe fruit, the muscularity of an Olympic sprinter, but this wine will go on and on long after those sprinters go into retirement. The dazzling acidity turns the finish into a fireworks display of minerals.  (9/2016)

Jancis Robinson

 Differences between the sublime Grosse Gewächse of this estate may be marginal, but somehow my sense of smell seems to discover a slightly more floral fragrance in the Felsentürmchen. It reminds me of the period of innocence before my misspent youth, when I took pleasure in the fragrance of buttercups and the fresh sap of the silver birch. Lovers of pure minerality and ripe orchard fruit need not despair - they are there too. 19/20 points. (MS)  (8/2016)

K&L Notes

This wine comes from the renowned Riesling terroir of Felsenburg. With its soil of igneous volcanic rock of porphyry and melaphyr, this vineyard is rivalled in Nahe only by Hermannshohle for the quality of its fruit. The wine is fermented and aged in stainless steel and neutral oak.

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