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2005 Dönnhoff Oberhäuser Brücke Riesling Auslese Nahe (375ml)

SKU #1154674 96 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark The 2005 Oberhäuser Brücke is a magical young Auslese in the making. The very primary nose delivers the uncanny purity of the best botrytized wines of the vintage, coupled with the brilliant terroir that is the Brücke, as it soars from the glass in a mélange of pear, candied grapefruit, kaleidoscopic minerality and a floral topnote. I am sure this wine is sporting plenty of botrytis, but today it is almost imperceptible on both the nose and palate. On the palate the wine is deep, fullish and utterly ethereal, with a brilliant core of fruit, perfect focus and balance, and great reserves as the turbocharger kicks in on the monumental finish. This is very early days for this brilliant young wine. (Drink between 2012-2040) Inner quote mark (8/2006)

95 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Shows fine intensity on a light-weight frame. Manages to maintain delicacy while expressing apricot, papaya, red berry and floral notes. Balanced and well-structured, this focuses a beam of fruit on the finish. Best from 2009 through 2030. (BS) Inner quote mark (4/2007)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Rich golden- yellow color.The nose offers l uscious yellow plum, honeysuckle and sweet spice, layered with a delicate hint of botrytis.Smoky pineapple jam and an elevated minerality animate the palate. Dense, juicy and long on the finish. (JP) Inner quote mark (1/2007)

K&L Notes

92 points from Mosel Fine Wines in their 10-year retrospective of the 2005 vintage: "Slightly muted at first, this develops nice even if quite ripe scents of toffee, vanilla cream, mirabelle, quince, some herbal notes as well as zest and smoke. The wine coats the palate with ripe fruits yet directly has a very nice light creamy side. It is still quite sweet but thankfully the zesty acidity is adding tension to this rich wine. This will have to age another 10 years to find its cruising level but the whole thing is very promising. 2025-2045." (03/2015)

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