GDH-448

Norheimer Dellchen Riesling Spatlese (Auction), Donnhoff

Oberhäuser Brücke is the smallest single vineyard (1.1ha) in this valley and a monopole site directly by the river, which regulates the temperature. Grey slate bedrock with loam and volcanic elements. Brücke often ripens even later than in the Hermannshöhle due to wide diurnal temperature swings along the river. The 2014 vintage was a bit of a departure for this wine – it was the only prädikatswein made from this vineyard in 2014 and the wine shows more of the lighter, energetic side than the savor power in a riper vintage. ++(+)“It’s usually their ur-riesling, the one that feels Edenic or primordial, and the one that’s often inscrutable in its youth. Not this year. I’ve never experienced a young Brücke that’s so psychedelic and in-your-face, perhaps because it’s the only wine from Brücke this year (no Auslese nor Eiswein) and so all the best fruit is in here. After four weeks of tasting, hundreds if not thousands of wines, it is this one that haunts me, like the very map of your soul that you put down somewhere and now can’t locate.”

Producer:
Vintage:
2006
Country:
Germany
Region:
Nahe
Variety:
Riesling
Color:
White
Case Pack:
6
Bottle Size:
750
Farming Practice:
Sustainable
Import Partner:
Terry Theise

Tasting Notes

Oberhäuser Brücke is the smallest single vineyard (1.1ha) in this valley and a monopole site directly by the river, which regulates the temperature. Grey slate bedrock with loam and volcanic elements. Brücke often ripens even later than in the Hermannshöhle due to wide diurnal temperature swings along the river. The 2014 vintage was a bit of a departure for this wine – it was the only prädikatswein made from this vineyard in 2014 and the wine shows more of the lighter, energetic side than the savor power in a riper vintage. ++(+)“It’s usually their ur-riesling, the one that feels Edenic or primordial, and the one that’s often inscrutable in its youth. Not this year. I’ve never experienced a young Brücke that’s so psychedelic and in-your-face, perhaps because it’s the only wine from Brücke this year (no Auslese nor Eiswein) and so all the best fruit is in here. After four weeks of tasting, hundreds if not thousands of wines, it is this one that haunts me, like the very map of your soul that you put down somewhere and now can’t locate.”

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