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2008 Dönnhoff Oberhäuser Brücke Riesling Spätlese #11

SKU #1058096 94 points John Gilman

 The 2008 Spätlese from Oberhäuser Brücke is also beautiful in this vintage, which should come as no surprise to long-time fans of this great vineyard in the hands of Helmut Dönnhoff. The bouquet is deep, vibrant and complex, as it offers up a fine mélange of orange, apple, spice tones, slate, apple blossoms and a dramatic topnote of wild yeasts. On the palate the wine is medium-full, pure and very crystalline, with a rock solid core of fruit, perfect focus and a very long, racy and filigreed finish. A terrific and very classic bottle of Spätlese in the making. (Drink between 2015-2040).  (3/2009)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Fresh red raspberry, green tea, and thyme in the rather restrained nose of Donnhoff-s 2008 Oberhauser Brucke Riesling Spatlese lead into a creamily-textured yet at the same time both palpably dense and vivaciously citric and tart berry palate, setting up a dynamic interplay with herbal, bitter-sweet citrus oil, and somehow crystalline as well as stony and alkaline mineral skeins. You could easily get lost in this wine. But I would advise returning to it repeatedly over the next 20 or more years. (DS)  (2/2010)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Cool and refreshing, like a gust of fresh air on a hot day. Passion fruit, pear, quince and grapefruit notes are interspersed with the vibrant structure. There's a fine aftertaste of fresh orchard fruit and mineral. Drink now through 2021.  (3/2010)

Jancis Robinson

 Creamy, quite explosively mineral on the nose. Lovely purity and history in this wine. So communicative. Everything in balance. Just wonderful stuff. Not that sweet. You're not really conscious of the sugar level because it just seems to be in balance. 18/20 points.  (8/2009)

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