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Donnhoff, Roxheimer Hollenpfad Riesling Trocken Nahe 2021

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Donnhoff, Roxheimer Hollenpfad Riesling Trocken Nahe 2021
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94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"The 2021 Roxheimer Höllenpfad Riesling trocken is very clear, refined and coolish on the stony and flinty yet tender, beautifully balanced and spicy nose that reveals perfectly ripe and elegant Riesling fruit with rosemary and salty, darker-toned terroir notes. Lush and refined on the palate, this is a dense and complex, firmly structured but elegant, smooth-flowing and persistently saline Höllenpfad with a long, saline and juicy finish. A gorgeous Riesling that is outstanding again. 12.5% stated alcohol. Natural cork. Tasted at the domaine in July 2022."

94 points James Suckling
"Wild berries and herbs, plus a splash of blood-orange juice. Wonderful interplay of fine-grained minerality and juicy fruit that’s never loud, the acidity only clearly perceptible at the very long finish that shows mountain-spring freshness. From organically grown grapes with Fair'n Green certification. Drink or hold."

Jancis Robinson
"VDP Erste Lage. New in the programme as a premier cru, since 2017. Limestone with red sandstone. 10- to 40-year-old vines.
The warmth of the stones and the cool of the vintage come together in pitch-perfect harmony to reveal fine fruit-laced aromas atop a firm structure and acidic backbone. Cool stream, bread crust, green apple, apricot and lime. The lithe and elegant palate dances with salty grace and stony grip; ripe apple and wild herbs. Tightly hugs the defined curves like a roadster along the dizzying Pacific Coast Highway. Breathtaking beauty, with pure muscle and speed beneath. 18.5/20 points. (PS)"

Vinous Reverie Notes
Roxheimer Höllenpfad: Famous, steeply sloping vineyard in a small side valley of the middle section of the Nahe River. The “Höllenpfad” (“Path to Hell”) name is an old one, likely referencing both the vineyard‘s steep slope as well as the unique color of the red sandstone. The surrounding landscape is bathed daily in the rich, warm light of the evening sun as it reflects off the hillside‘s distinctive red soil. It‘s also not hard to imagine that the word „Hell“ might have been uttered by many a winegrower after a particularly laborious day on these steep slopes. The weathered warm sandstone of the Rotliegend strata lends the wines their inimitable character. Grapes grown here tend to be very small with intense, nuanced aromas; the resulting wines are elegant with a spicy mineral fruit and excellent aging potential.


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