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2010 Donnhoff Schlossbockelheimer Felsenberg Felsenturmchen Grosses Gewachs

October 8, 2012 Leave a comment

2010 was a rather unusual vintage for the German Riesling. I read many reports about the vintage and the conclusion would be that the acidity was closer to the worst years, while the weight of the musts closer to the best years. So it is hard to place the vintage in a certain pattern. One of the most quality consistent producers in Germany is Donnhoff from the Nahe region, that manages to produce outstanding wines almost every vintage.

The Felsenberg is located in Schlossbockelheimer and consists of a soil of red volcanic igneous rock. The wine is fermented and matured in stainless steel vats and regular oak barrels. Yields are around 40 hl/ha, while the age of vines is 25-30 years old.

2010 Donnhoff Felsenberg Grosses Gewachs

The color is pale yellow lemon. The wine opens up as it breathes, revealing an intense nose filled with peaches, pineapple, white pears, white flowers and a smoky, flinty character. Really nice mouth feel, with a steely acidity that recommends further aging, great richness of flavors on the palate: the exotic fruits are outstanding. Medium plus to long finish, with mouth watering acidity and lingering flavors. This is a very nice dry wine, extremely young, but already such a pleasure to drink. In this stage it can be successfully paired with any type of fatty food. (90-91/100)

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1996 Robert Weil Riesling Halbtrocken

This is not that intense as the 1996 R Weil Spatlese Halbtrocken I had a few weeks ago and it is on a lighter side in the mouth.

Yellow lemon color, still young. The nose is developed, youthful, with aromas of apple pie, nectarines, very discreet petrol and pineapple. Light to medium bodied, with sharp acidity and flavors of ripe citrus fruit, baked apple amd peach. Short to medium finish, fresh. (87/100)

Paired fairly well with sushi from Itadaki.

1996 Robert Weil Spatlese Halbtrocken Rheingau Riesling

June 25, 2012 2 comments

Tasted this wine during a lovely vacation in Lefkada in Greece, on the beach. The 11% alcohol level was a blessing for a sunny summer day. I would dare to say that Riesling has never tasted better than this for a long time.

1996 Robert Weil Spatlese Halbtrocken Rheingau Riesling

Deep yellow gold color. Well developed, complex and really intense bouquet, overall sweet on the nose, extremely youthful, with very nice aromas of pinneaple, peach, melon, warm rubber, citrus fruit – red pinked lemon, yellow spice and basil. Full bodied, lively and refreshing acidity, rich on the palate, off dry, but the acidity keeps everything in perfect balance and keeps it extremely fresh and closer to a dry wine. The wine has really intense flavors and drinks very well. Medium plus finish, with ripe citrus fruit and mouth-watering acidity. This wine has a very long life ahead, there is absolutely no sign of being tired. It can stay at this level for at least a decade, but it is drinking already so well. Great example of an aged Riesling. (91/100)

I admit it: I am a Riesling addict.

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