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2001 Dönnhoff Oberhäuser Brücke Riesling Auslese (375ml)

SKU #1163825 96 points Wine Spectator

 A laser beam of fruit and mineral. Vivid aromas and flavors of apricot, mandarin orange, vanilla and mineral are etched into an incisive structure. The texture is creamy, yet the overall impression is very intense and focused. (BS)  (3/2003)

94 points John Gilman

 Even in half bottle the 2001 Oberhäuser Brücke Auslese from Helmut Dönnhoff is still quite young and reticent on both the nose and palate, but the promise if very easy to see. The nose reluctantly offers up scents of apple, grapefruit, slate, honeycomb, Brücke spice tones and a lovely floral topnote of apple blossoms. On the palate the wine is medium-full, bright and racy, with a fine core of fruit, bright, tangy acids, impeccable focus and excellent length and grip on the still quite primary finish. In half bottle I would give this wine at least another three or four years, and in full more like six or seven years of cellaring. It will be stellar in time.  (5/2009)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Sweetened scallions can be discerned in the nose of the medium to full-bodied 2001 Riesling Auslese Oberhauser Brucke. A wine of great harmony, depth, and power, it coats the palate with lingering poached pear and spice flavors. (PR)  (10/2002)

Jancis Robinson

 Fine, more focused than the Niederhäuser Hermannshohle with more marked acidity. Extremely concentrated and impressively tense, considering its charge of sheer exuberantly ripe fruit. 19/20 points (JR)  (9/2002)

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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.