2015DonnhoffTrocken2015 Weingut Donnhoff, Riesling, Estate Trocken, Nahe Germany.
Donnhoff’s Estate Trocken is a vibrantly dry and crisp mineral driven Riesling from plots of mixed soils, mostly porphyry with some gravel, loam and small amounts of slate near the Crus of Oberhauser Felsenberg and Kieselberg. in recent vintages, especially 2014 the Estate Trocken the wine seemed shy at first or subtle with austere briskness, but 2015 will certainly break that trend, it is flamboyant and richly flavored, while still dusty mouth watering it shows a dense core of apricot, white peach, green apple, mango and quince as well as tangy lime and steely mineral spice. This wine, which is still developing with a white flower and orangey nose, I’ve been saving to write about, as I tasted it as a tank/cask sample, should be available in the states later this month (June 2016) and it is a Riesling you’ll want to stock up on, it shows the vintage in all it’s greatness, you can and should believe the hype, the 2015 wines in Germany look to be some of the best ever for dry styles in particular, but also up to Spatlese as well! There is added depth, textural sensations and heightened perfume, even in the early samples I’ve tried, and while 2013 and 2014 are turning out to be lovely wines, these 2015 are so special, pure and hedonistic you’ll want their seductive charms in your cellar. With the Estate offerings from Donnhoff, you get Cru quality at insanely fair (bargain) prices, these are both remarkable wines the Trocken with it’s power and thrilling acidity/tanginess and the Estate, which is just off dry with a juicy and almost creamy hints at sweetness without being heavy, you can imagine enjoying with spicy Asian food, I only wish they made these in Liters or Magnums! The 2015 Donnhoff Estate Trocken is balanced, vigorous and joyously balanced, it lingers with stone fruit, nice saline elements, hints of tropical essences, tangerine, rose petal and crushed wet shale. Without question this is one of the best dry Rieslings in the world for the price, and a quilt free drink young wine from this famed address in the Nahe, this is a wine to greedily hoard and savor, plus it has everything needed and exact to age well for a decade easy, don’t miss.
($22 Est.) 91-93 Points, grapelive

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