2013 Dönnhoff Niederhauser Hermannshohle Riesling Auslese Nahe

SKU #1324814 97 points John Gilman

 The 2013 Hermannshöhle Auslese from Weingut Dönnhoff is another absolutely monumental example of the vintage. The wine is very heavily glazed, but once again, the absolutely pristine nature of the botrytis in the Dönnhoff wines gives this wine a clarity and refinement that is very rare with such heavily glazed wines. The gorgeous bouquet is a stunning mix of sweet grapefruit, tangerine, candied violets, great minerality, citrus zest and a very gentle note of petrol. On the palate the wine is pure, fullish and the most filigreed of these three amazingly beautiful Auslesen, with a great core of fruit, ripe, electric acids, seamless grace and beauty on the backend and a very, very long and magical finish. A great, great wine in the making! (Drink between 2022-2065)  (3/2014)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Riesling Auslese Niederhauser Hermannshohle is clear and piquant on the pure nose displaying lime and grapefruit aromas in a very subtle way. Really sweet and piquant on the palate, this is a thrillingly salty and persistently minerally wine of great expression and concentration (120 Oe!) and length - an Auslese monument of great expression and joy. It is enormously piquant. (SR)  (1/2015)

94 points Vinous

 Bright and crisp on the nose, with candied peach, lemon oil and acacia honey aromas complemented by a whiff of brown spice botrytis. The lusciously sweet tropical flavors maintain a remarkable delicacy in spite of the wine's richness and depth. The long, glossy finish is underscored by slate and refined spiciness. This is without any doubt one of the monumental Ausleses of the 2013 vintage. (JP)  (3/2015)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Balanced, with good focus to the juicy peach, apple and melon flavors, all supported by fresh acidity and lively spiciness. Hints of cream and anise show on the finish. Drink now through 2035. (KM)  (4/2015)

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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.