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2018 Dönnhoff Estate Riesling Nahe

SKU #1429993 91 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Green apples, pear drops and chamomile are in play here. Lightly off-dry with some softness and a fruity finish, but some pretty acidity crunch. Inner quote mark (9/2019)

90 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Sourced predominantly from Oberhäuser Leistenberg, this bottling as usual features a much more discreet sense of sweetness than do any of the other non-dry Dönnhoff bottlings. Lime, apple and a hint of blueberry incorporate zest, tang and crunch to enliven the subtly glossy palate, but also generate a satisfying sense of succulence. The infectiously juicy finish features crystalline stony impingements and a mouthwatering lick of salt. (DS) Inner quote mark (6/2020)

John Gilman

Outer quote mark The 2018 Estate Riesling Feinherb had also been bottled at the start of the week, ahead of my Thursday afternoon visit, but it was showing quite well indeed (despite having to follow-up all of those GG fireworks). This wine comes in at 10.5 percent alcohol, has acids of 8.5 grams and sports around twenty-five grams of sugar this year. The bouquet is very pretty, offering up scents of white cherries, apple, salty minerality and spring flowers. On the palate the wine is medium-full, crisp and juicy, with very good backend mineral tug, bright acids and lovely focus and grip on the absolutely delicious finish. Another bargain! Inner quote mark (3/2019)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Richer and riper on the nose than the Höllenpfad Riesling trocken. Medium sweet but balanced. Creamy in the mouth thanks to the fruit ripeness but still deliciously fresh. Reasonably persistent too. (JH) Inner quote mark (5/2019)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2018 Riesling (Estate) is highly aromatic and elegant on the clear, precise and flinty nose. Clear and fresh on the palate, this is an aromatic, almost dry and gripping Riesling with attractive fruit and piquant minerality. (SR) Inner quote mark (10/2019)

K&L Notes

David Schildknecht writes: "The trend continues at this address (as at so many others) toward lower residual sugar among the dry wines – in Helmut Dönnhoff’s words (also familiar from other growers) 'the wines are becoming more "puristic"' – but he sought to reassure me, 'don’t worry, we aren’t going to go heating up our cellar in order to get the wines down to two or three grams...' That having been said, Dönnhoff is entirely candid concerning his fascination with how-low-can-you-go Riesling. 'Often when I go back and taste my dry wines from an earlier period,' he opines, 'I find myself asking: "wouldn’t it also have worked if this wine had had a bit less residual sugar; in fact, might it not then have displayed clearer contours?"' He insists that electing to field a collection of what he, with obvious pride and glee, terms 'naked' dry wines 'involved a certain financial risk. But it turned out well and we were sold out more rapidly than ever before.'"

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By: James Knight | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/26/2020 | Send Email
Lockdown. Heatwave. Dönnhoff. In these times, I'll take one out of three for a winning late Spring evening. The basic, fairly light and crisp 2018 Dönnhoff does have a green apple note, as James Suckling noted in his review above, but it's really green, not like some blowsily malic "unoaked" Chardonnay, and plays quite nicely with the hints of lime and lemon zest, and a far-off reminder of Riesling's sometimes lanolin aromatic bent, although this is not like a fleece in the face, but rather, the tinkling of bells in a pasture far up in cool alpine meadows...Doch, this wine is from the Rhine region, not the Alps, but still, it just goes to show how it cools and inspires the mind as well as the palate. Good Riesling does that.

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