Donnhoff

The Dönnhoff family first came to the Nahe region over 200 years ago, and after establishing a modest farm slowly evolved into a full-fledged wine estate. Helmut Dönnhoff has been making the wine since 1971, and now his son Cornelius works alongside in the winery and in their 25 hectares of Erste Lage, or grand cru vineyards. Their holdings represent some of the best in the Nahe and all of Germany. Oberhäuser Leistenberg, the oldest vineyard held by the family, has slate soils and produces fruity wines with elegant acidity. The Schlossböckelheimer Felsenberg is a very old site with porphyry soil. Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle, perhaps the most famous of all the Nahe vineyards, is a slate vineyard with many conglomerates of volcanic rocks, mostly porphyry and melaphyr. The Oberhäuser Brücke, the smallest vineyard in the Nahe, is a tiny parcel saddled on the Nahe River that Dönnhoff owns in entirety. The Brücke has grey slate covered by loess-clay and the vines ripen even later here than in the Hermannshöhle due to large diurnal temperature swings along the river. The Norheimer Dellchen is a steep terraced vineyard in a rocky hollow with porphyry and slate soil. Norheimer Kirscheck sits on a steep south slope of slate soil and produces delicately fruity wines with spice and race. The Kreuznacher Krötenpfuhl vineyard has perfect drainage due its topsoil of pebbles over loam soil; characteristic are wines with a mineralic elegance. Due to the water table that flows beneath the vineyard's soil the Krötenpfhul has always been farmed organically, even before it was held by Dönnhoff.

Although the Nahe is a dry region, Dönnhoff does not water their vineyards as to encourage deep rooted vines. The soil is covered with organic material like straw and compost to preserve water and to avoid evaporation and erosion in heavy rains. The vines are all grown on wire frames, low to the ground to benefit from the warmth of the stoney topsoil, and at a density of approx. 6000 vines per hectare. The Riesling vines are old clones sourced from the sites in Niederhausen and Schloßböckelheim.

Grapes are always picked by hand at Dönnhoff over 2-3 passes through each vineyard. To preserve laser-like focus and clarity in the wines, the grapes are pressed as soon as possible – within 3 hours of picking. Wines are fermented in traditional German casks (1200 L stuck and 2400 L doppelstuck) as well as stainless steel with spontaneous fermentations. Donnhoff's cellar is unique in its capacity to hold all of its production entirely in stainless steel or in cask, allowing for the ideal elevage for any wine at any point during a vintage.

Vineyard area: 25 hectares
Annual production: 17,000 cases
Vineyard holdings:
Niederhäusen – Hermannshöhle (slate, sandstone, limestone)
Oberhäusen – Brücke (slate, porphyry, sandstone, loam) Leistenberg (slate)
Schlossböckelheim – Felsenberg (porphyry) and Kupfergrube (weathered volcanic soil with a high copper content)
Norheim – Kirschheck (slate, sandstone) and Dellchen (slate, porphyry)
Bad Kreuznach – Krötenpfuhl (löss, quartzite), Kahlenberg (gravelly loam)
Roxheim – Höllenpfad (red sandstone)

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Donnhoff Hermannshole Goldkaps Riesling Auslese 2017
100  James Suckling 
James Suckling 100 "Some truths are hard to believe and this is one of them; it won’t let you go, so there's no way of denying the excellence of this filigree masterpiece. Almost endless finish that simply could not contain any more mineral freshness. From organically grown grapes. Fair'n Green
Item Number: 30966
Bottle:$102.95
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Donnhoff Hermannshole Riesling Spatlese 2017
99  James Suckling 
James Suckling 99 "Most people who drink wine know what a ripe peach tastes like. However, this wine gives you a completely new appreciation of the meaning of the word “peach”. Beyond that, it possesses subtlety that is extremely rare anywhere in the world of food and wine. From organically grown
Item Number: 30937
Bottle:$59.95
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Donnhoff 'Oberhauser Brucke' Riesling Spatlese 2017
96  James Suckling 
James Suckling 96
Item Number: 30301
Bottle:$48.95
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Donnhoff 'Estate' Riesling 2017
92  James Suckling 
James Suckling 92
Item Number: 29194
Bottle:$18.95
Case: $227.40
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Donnhoff 'Oberhauser Brucke' Riesling Spatlese 2016
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95  James Suckling 
James Suckling 95 "Super-cool and super-racy, this Spätlese has electric freshness and dangerously intense minerality, the complex aromas ranging from lemon zest to pineapple just beginning to open up. Better from 2018 and decades of ageing potential here. Made from organic grapes and Fair'n Green

Donnhoff 'Oberhauser Brucke' Riesling Spatlese 2014
94  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 94 "The 2014 Riesling Spätlese Oberhäuser Brücke--from Dönnhoff's famous Eiswein, Auslese and Spätlese vineyard--opens very fine, pure and coolish on the slate-like/flinty nose. Piquant, sweet and juicy on the palate, this is a highly elegant and minerally structured Spätlese with a

Donnhoff 'Estate' Riesling 2016
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90  James Suckling 
Wine Spectator 90 "Charming aromas and flavors of apricot and yellow apple are emphasized by vibrant acidity in this off-dry style. Shows balance and focus throughout. Notes of lemongrass emerge on the broad finish. Drink now through 2020. 1,463 cases imported"  James Suckling 90 "Hard not to

Donnhoff 'Estate' Riesling 2015
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“The wine is the absolutely perfect manifest destiny of German Riesling in its everyday form; complex, spicy, delineated and articulate, insanely delicious, and more versatile than its dry sibling, though this is never ever ‘sweet’ – just sublime.”-Terry Theise  This wine is from the steeply

Donnhoff 'NorheimerKirschheck' Spatlese Riesling 2014
92  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 92 "A head-turning nose of cherry and apple with their flowers incorporates intimations of mint and cress. This combination serves for a succulently fruity and coolingly herbal impression on the silky mid-palate that simultaneously invigorates thanks to nips of fruit pit, pips and

Donnhoff 'Nieder Hermmshole' Riesling Spatlese 2013
94  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 94 "The 2013 Riesling Spatlese Niederhauser Hermannshohle is clear, pure and mineral on the nose, displaying lemon juice and crushed slate rocks, really refreshing. Sweet, rich and piquant on the palate, this is a vibrant and salty wine full of intensity, finesse and purity, quite

Donnhoff 'Estate' Riesling 2014
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“The wine is the absolutely perfect manifest destiny of German Riesling in its everyday form; complex, spicy, delineated and articulate, insanely delicious, and more versatile than its dry sibling, though this is never ever ‘sweet’ – just sublime.”-TT

Donnhoff 'Oberhauser Brucke' Riesling Spatlese 2013
93  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 93 "The 2013 Oberhauser Brucke Spatlese is very clear, precise, herbal and mineral on the nose with lemon and pineapple aromas. Juicy, piquant and elegant on the palate this is a rich, sweet and salty, stimulating Riesling with a sensual fruitiness and a piquant length. Lovely to

Donnhoff 'Estate' Riesling 2013
"This is from the porphyry site, Oberhäuser Felsenberg and the gravelly site Oberhäuser Kiegelburg, and so it’s a mini-Grand Cru. It’s another in a string of beauties, barely perceptible sweetness, literally incredible class, and in my opinion the single greatest white wine value in the world. 

Donnhoff 'NorheimerKirschheck' Spatlese Riesling 2012
"This vintage is dancing, giddy, pretty and snappy; the girl has her wits about her, and will, with impeccable charm, tear you a new one if you misbehave. Signature flavors run towards cherry blossom and lady-apples.  The oldest recorded vineyards of the Nahe are located in this part of Norheim.

Donnhoff 'Estate' Riesling 2012
"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. Winery Notes"

Donnhoff 'Nieder Hermmshole' Riesling Spatlese 2011
96  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 96 "A riveting, high-toned aromatic diversity announces the Donnhoff 2011 Niederhauser Hermannshohle Riesling Spatlese with themes that inform an at once creamy yet subtly tannic and vibrant palate: quince, pear, lychee, nut oils, fusel oils, distilled herbal essences, brown spices,

Donnhoff 'Norheimer Kirscheck' Riesling 2011
93  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 93 "Very minerally and creamy, with plush flavors of ripe apricot, pear and spice. Enticing mint and white cherry notes linger with ginger. The lively finish features chive and candied basil accents. Drink now through 2028. 66 cases imported. " ~ KM  " In this humble taster’s

Donnhoff 'Estate' Riesling 2011
"I think I'll come right on out and ask if there's a greater white wine value anywhere on earth? This year the sheer weight and depth are absurd, and the addition of aloe and tilleul to the normal smoky porphyry adds another entire dimension. Perfect balance, marked complexity, and we already bought

Donnhoff 'Kirschheck Spatlese' Riesling 2010
93  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 93 "Cheery blossom, lily, and peony scent Donnhoffs 2010 Norheimer Kirschheck Riesling Spatlese, persisting on the palate accompanied by succulent white peach and refreshing lime. As with this years Kabinetts, here is buoyancy and elegance along with a lusciously-lingering,

Donnhoff Niederhauser Hermannshole 2008
94  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 94 "Thyme, mint, lime, and orange inform the nose of Donnhoff-s 2008 Niederhauser Hermannshohle Riesling Spatlese which offers a lither texture and brighter, more saline mineral dimension than one is used to. In fact, it-s remarkable the degree to which this resembles the

Donnhoff Estate Riesling 2010
 "From the porphyry site Oberhauser Felsenberg. What do you say any more? The wine is far too good for its echelon, and it represents a hidden value for stellar Riesling at a fraction of the price you'd expect. And boy, this '09 is perfect; a gorgeous smoky porphyry fragrance; a dynamic yet somehow

Donnhoff Niederhauser Hermann. Riesling Auslese 2006 375ml
99  Robert Parker 
Donnhoff Niederhauser Hermannshohle Riesling Auslese 2006  Robert Parker 99 "Donnhoffs 2006 Niederhauser Hermannshohle Riesling Auslese introduces a caramelization of fruit and a roasted richness that represent a more obvious expression of botrytis, yet the springs of acidity are incredibly

Donnhoff Estate Selection 2007
"Back to the insane quality of the 2006; porphyry and kirsch, deep and bright, exotic and minty, spicy, with perfectly calibrated sweetness. This would easily pass for Felsenberg, and offers ridiculous quality for the "entry-level" wine."SOMMELIER ALERT! SOS: 1 (3-12 years)

Donnhoff Oberhauser Brucke Riesling Auslese 2005 1.5L
92  Stephen Tanzer 
Stephen Tanzer 92"Rich golden- yellow color.The nose offers l uscious yellow plum, honeysuckle and sweet spice, layered with a delicate hint of botrytis.Smoky pineapple jam and an elevated minerality animate the palate. Dense, juicy and long on the finish."

Donnhoff Oberhauser Brucke Riesling Spatlese 2008
93  Robert Parker 
 Robert Parker 93 "Fresh red raspberry, green tea, and thyme in the rather restrained nose of Donnhoff-s 2008 Oberhauser Brucke Riesling Spatlese lead into a creamily-textured yet at the same time both palpably dense and vivaciously citric and tart berry palate, setting up a dynamic interplay with