Dönnhoff

In this humble taster’s opinion, these are the greatest Rieslings on earth. No other wine, anywhere, exceeds the clarity, polish, complexity and sheer beauty of flavor of this grower’s finest wines. Simply, like the most perfect Riesling that can ever be.

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Dönnhoff 2012 Oberhäuser Brücke Riesling Spätlese

It has its wisdom-smell. It’s learned at last how not to waste time, and having learned, can release a deep kindness that isn’t charming. The wine makes no apparent effort. It relaxes and issues a numinous pulse of solid beauty. This may not delight in its first several years, but give it the 12-15 years it needs, and then open the windows, look out at the moon, observe the inexplicable longing the wine seems to bring, or to want you to feel, and be glad: you are alive, there are people who love you, and still there’s a sense that it isn’t enough. Because it can’t be, it isn’t supposed to be. You are designed to hunger and to grieve and to yearn, and also to be amazed and connected and grateful. Who’d have thought, the reminder of what it’s all for, living in a tiny sip of wine? Dönnhoff’s monopole site along the river, in which the soil visibly changes in the space of about 100 yards – four times. The past few years it has given Helmut’s weightiest wines. Amazing: from these 2.5 acres come white wines more noble and complex than any on this earth from one of the greatest vintners alive!

Dönnhoff 2013 Felsenberg Riesling Grosses Gewächs ‘Felsenturmchen’ [6/750]

The wine is markedly sleek and delineated, and “greener” (in terms of tea and herbs, not lack of ripeness) than ’12.  ~Terry Theise

Dönnhoff 2013 Norheimer Kirschheck Riesling Spätlese

Maybe the most simply beloved wine in the Dönnhoff stable, this is one of the great vintages, recalling the ’04 and ’02, or like the ’08 but better; blazing clear and deliciously articulated, with its signature flavors of lady-apples and cherry blossom.  ~Terry Theise

Dönnhoff 2013 Oberhäuser Brücke Riesling Spätlese

Dönnhoff 2014 Felsenberg “Felsentürmchen” Riesling Grosses Gewächs [6/750]

Tremendous aroma, almost fiercely smoky, with lemon and Indonesian peppers.  ~Terry Theise

Dönnhoff 2014 Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle Riesling Spätlese [3/1500]

A loving beaming grinning-like-a-dope vintage of this perennial masterpiece, transparent and lucid; indeed it’s a dialectical explication of Hermannshöhle; it reminded me of the ’08 but it’s more Eiswein-y, that sorcerous syrup.  ~Terry Theise

Dönnhoff 2014 Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle Riesling Spätlese [6/750]

A loving beaming grinning-like-a-dope vintage of this perennial masterpiece, transparent and lucid; indeed it’s a dialectical explication of Hermannshöhle; it reminded me of the ’08 but it’s more Eiswein-y, that sorcerous syrup.  ~Terry Theise

Dönnhoff 2014 Oberhäuser Brücke Riesling Spätlese [3/1500]

It’s usually their ur-riesling, the one that feels Edenic or primordial, and the one that’s often inscrutable in its youth. Not this year.  I’ve never experienced a young Brücke that’s so psychedelic and in-your-face, perhaps because it’s the only wine from Brücke this year (no Auslese nor Eiswein) and so all the best fruit is in here. After four weeks of tasting, hundreds if not thousands of wines, it is this one that haunts me, like the very map of your soul that you put down somewhere and now can’t locate.  ~Terry Theise

Dönnhoff 2014 Oberhäuser Leistenberg Riesling Kabinett [3/1500]

Sommelier Alert!
God what fragrance! And the palate is so racy, mineral, charming and complex, begging ‘drink-me!’  A stunning finish, green-silver-herb-citrus-rock-dust—again I don’t recall a better vintage of this.  ~Terry Theise

Dönnhoff 2015 Estate Riesling trocken (Nahe)

This wine was the only one to confound me. It’s smoky, snappy and has a spiny tail of radicchio sourness by which I was taken a bit aback. An esoteric porphyry-driven spiciness arrives as an umami, and the wine is curiously long. The empty glass smells minty. I wonder if I read it wrong. All the others seemed to love it.  ~Terry Theise

Dönnhoff 2015 OberhäuserLeistenberg Riesling Kabinett (Nahe)

Vigorous aroma and vigorous palate, high-toned and gingery, cox-orange (pippins, the greatest variety of apple) and vanilla; I’m waiting to see the mid-palate step up to redeem the acidity, but it’s already a thrill and a half.  ~Terry Theise

Dönnhoff 2015 Tonschiefer Riesling Trocken (Nahe)

The dry wine from the sandy slate hillside Leistenberg, and it is euphoric in ’15—a ridiculous aroma! Has the grip, torque and stature of a “GG” along with a woodsy note and a texture at once adamant and breathy; the fullness of its flavor seems to flow around the hill before it returns and envelops you. Tender, incisive, redolent, thoughtful.  ~Terry Theise

Dönnhoff 2016 Estate Riesling

Pending tasting notes

Dönnhoff 2016 Estate Riesling trocken (Nahe)

Pending tasting notes.

Dönnhoff 2016 Oberhäuser Leistenberg Riesling Kabinett

Vigorous aroma and vigorous palate, high-toned and gingery, cox-orange (pippins, the greatest variety of apple) and vanilla; I’m waiting to see the mid-palate step up to redeem the acidity, but it’s already a thrill and a half. — Terry Theise

Dönnhoff 2016 Tonschiefer Riesling Trocken (Nahe)

The dry wine from the sandy slate hillside Leistenberg, and it is euphoric in ’15 a ridiculous aroma! Has the grip, torque and stature of a “GG” along with a woodsy note and a texture at once adamant and breathy; the fullness of its flavor seems to flow around the hill before it returns and envelops you. Tender, incisive, redolent, thoughtful. — Terry Theise