2005 Dönnhoff Schlossbockelheimer Felsenberg Riesling Auslese (375ml)

SKU #1025445 96 points Wine Spectator

 A beautiful auslese, well-defined and complex. Everything is in the right place as the apricot, Golden Delicious apple, spice and mineral flavors unfold on the seamless profile. The finish is long and tasty. (BS)  (4/2007)

94 points John Gilman

 This is the first auslese I have ever had the pleasure to taste from the Felsenberg, and it is a beauty. The bouquet offers up a stunning blend of white cherries, pink grapefruit, classic and stunning Felsenberg minerality, and developing notes of petrol. On the palate the wine is medium-full, deep, pure and elegant, with a great core of candied fruit, and a very long, profound and stunningly mineral finish. Great juice. (Drink between 2010-2030)  (3/2006)

92 points Vinous

 Pale golden yellow. Musky peach, a floral nuance and a hint of licorice on the nose.Smoke and honey give way to a spicy acidity on the palate. Well-balanced, vivid auslese, showing an almost salty minerality on the finish. (JPB)  (1/2007)

K&L Notes

According to importer Terry Theise: "Less a leap to another level than a widening and deepening of the Spät. Botrytis brings an iris note, but it extends the minerality and lengthens the string of nuances; it’s firmer, more determined, but not sweeter. SOMMELIER ALERT! SOS: 2 (12-32 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.
Country:

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.
Sub-Region:

Nahe