2011 Weingut Donnhoff, Riesling “Schlossbockelheimer Felsenberg” Spatlese “Felsenturmchen” Nahe, Germany.
This is a stunning example of modern Spatlese, a wine that transcends time and place with textural depth and elegance on par with the world’s greatest white wines. Donnhoff continues to craft masterpieces at a pace that would put Leonardo Di Vinci to shame, and this beautifully balanced and remarkable Riesling is one such work of art. The 2011 Schlossbockelheimer Felsenberg Felsenturmchen Spatlese starts with a nose of orange blossom, poached peach and tropical fruits with hints of smoky mineral, white tea and spice leading to a medium sweet palate of yellow peach, green apple, lime and a hint of mango with loads of crushed rock, river stones and slate mineral tones while hints of sea salt/brine, earth and tangerine bring a mouthwatering excitement as well. The acidity is always present and vibrant, lifting the fruit and the driving force, but there is a sublime underlying richness and creamy feel. I wish I had a few cases of this rare wine tucked away, and even though it is all ready a brilliant wine, it should prove very rewarding both short and long term and may last 15-20 years. This is truly an almost perfect Spatlese that is seductive, playful and serious that is a gift of nature and terroir.
($48 Est.) 94-96 Points, grapelive
Imported by Terry Theisse