Possibly the first piece I’ve published to the blog on this subject, yet I’ve consumed dozens of the greatest Rieslings across every known QmP and beyond. Find these 2013s… Make Hermann Dönnhoff tops on that list…
Two hundred years ago the Dönnhoff family landed in Germany’s Nahe region, beginning life as humble farmers, evolving into the most prominent wine makers in the region.
Their holdings are classified Erste Lage – Grand Cru to you and I – and are the equivalent to Burgundy’s Le Montrachet, Batard and Chevalier Montrachet; when you’re standing in a Dönnhoff-owned parcel of Riesling-planted ground, you’re standing on hallowed dirt. The most grand of their Grand Cru holdings is the slate and volcanic sedimentary rock covered Nahe masterpiece, Hermannshöhle.
For more than a century, Hermannshöhle has retained its classification; simply put: no other Nahe vineyard yields such uncompromising Riesling beauties. Named for cave (or mine) in the center of the hill – Höhle – this mountain in Nahe also bears the name of the ancient Greek Messenger Hermes – altered here to Hermann – indicating by some accounts this may have once been a mountain of worship.
For all its history, today – in the hands of Dönnhoff – Riesling from this treasured Grand Cru of Hermannshöhle is a beverage to behold!
Stephan Reinhardt has quickly become one of my favorites over at Parker’s Wine Advocate:
The 2013 Niederhauser Hermannshöhle Riesling Grosses Gewachs is breathtakingly clear, piquant and flinty on the nose, highly deep and complex but bright, with lime and grapefruit flavors. The palate is powerful, rich, dense, juicy and piquant, very salty, like melting minerals or stones, tension-full. A great dry Riesling, a monument.
95 points – (SR) Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
Might be a tough one to find, and be very certain that you get PRECISELY the correct label…