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2018 Dönnhoff Estate Riesling Nahe SKU #1429993

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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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  • James Knight
    By: James Knight
    K&L Staff Member
    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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