2005 Dönnhoff Schlossböckelheimer Felsenberg Riesling Spätlese Nahe

SKU #1025438 94 points Wine Spectator

 Shows delicacy and nuance. Vanilla, apricot, lime and a fireworks of mineral get a lift from the vibrant structure. Long and complex, with a gingerbread and mineral aftertaste. (BS)  (4/2007)

93 points John Gilman

 The Felsenberg Spätlese is simply stunning in 2005. The magnificent bouquet offers up a blend of white cherries, intense minerality, lavender and a delicate, white grape-like glaze of botrytis that seems to add an exotic layer without removing any purity or focus. On the palate the wine is pure, succulent and racy, with its medium-bodied structure rock solid under a beautiful cover of puppy fat that gives the wine a plushness on the attack. The finish is very, very long and minerally, with stunning transparency and profound grip. A great young bottle of Spätlese . (Drink between 2008-2025)  (8/2006)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Pale golden yellow. Subtle bouquet of pineapple, nut oil and lemon zest. The luscious yet crisp papaya fruit is brightened by a refreshing mineral character. Deceptively light and wonderfully drinkable. A charming Riesling with a sweet/salty finish. (JP)  (1/2007)

Jancis Robinson

 Very aromatic. Then very pure and full. Racy, lively, mouthfilling. Chewy, delicate. Still young. 17.5/20 points (JR)  (7/2006)

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- 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 Pr├Ądikat levels to describe their ripeness at harvest. These are: Kabinett, Sp├Ątlese, 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.


- 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.