2017 Donnhoff Krotenpfuhl Riesling Grosses Gewachs

SKU #1388972 95 points James Suckling

 This might have happened by accident, due to the high level of ripeness that resulted from the frost damage and very low yield, but it works really well. Ripe citrus and peach aromas, but there's great freshness and very lively acidity that animates the medium-full body and lifts the long finish. From organically grown grapes. Fair'n Green certification. Drink or hold.  (9/2018)

94 points John Gilman

 The 2017 vintage is the first that has produced a GG bottling from the Krötenpfuhl vineyard and the wine has turned out beautifully. The wine was still in fuder at the time of my visit, so Helmut Dönnhoff did not have a final analysis on the wine, but feels it is probably around 12.8 percent octane and approximately four grams per liter of residual sugar this year. The bouquet is young and very promising, jumping from the glass in a blaze of tart orange, apple, dried flowers, citrus peel, gentle notes of wild yeasts and a superb base of salty minerality. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and impressively light on its feet, with a rock solid core, great soil inflection, ripe, zesty acids and fine focus and balance on the long and complex finish. Classy juice.  (6/2018)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Multilayered, featuring well-sculpted and concentrated flavors of baked apple, gooseberry, roasted pineapple and vanilla bean. Acidity cuts through, delivering freshness midpalate and presenting ripe melon and quinine notes on the finish. (AZ)  (1/2019)

Jancis Robinson

 A fine fragrance of citrus and stone fruit delivered with the Dönnhoff purity one has become accustomed to. On the palate you may at first get lulled into a sense of complacency. Rich texture, with further pleasantries provided by gently sweet nuances of gooseberry and grapefruit. Then a firm tactile grip reminds you that this is not the finished article yet. 18/20 points (MS)  (8/2018)

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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.