Tonschiefer "Dry Slate" Riesling Trocken, Dönnhoff
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Tonschiefer "Dry Slate" Riesling Trocken, Dönnhoff - 2022

Item # 27399 750mL

Suave and stony, this dry Riesling is a prime example of terroir in a bottle. Dönnhoff's masterful hand takes Riesling growing on selected patches of decomposing slate and transforms into exquisite juice; its striking clarity only adds to its complexity. An exciting, classic and dry wine, ideal for Japanese cuisine, seaweed, oysters, and steamed mushrooms.

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If you tell me that you don't like Riesling because it's "too sweet," I'll bet you haven't tasted enough Riesling. Donnhoff’s 2021 Tonschiefer Riesling is one that will convert you. In Germany, 2021 gave the vines dry weather with moderate temperatures. This resulted in wines of crispness, freshness, and elegance. As soon as you pour, you’ll note subtle aromas of freshly cut fruit such as mangoes, nectarines, and limes. The palate will confirm this fresh fruit and add a note of mouth-cleansing acidity. You’ll also feel a sensation of river stones. This is all integrated into a dry, laser-like focus. The estate is currently run by 3rd and 4th-generation Helmut and Cornelius Donnhoff. The grapes are sourced from Donnhoff’s original Oberhauser Leistenberg vineyard (one of 10 Donnhoff sites). Serve with Burrata and fresh peaches.

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About the Producer

Oberhausen an der Nahe Nahe, Germany “The quest for balance is the essence of the entire enterprise,” is the ambitious moniker of Nahe’s most prestigious estate. 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...

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German wines are some of the most jubilantly fruity bottles in the world. The country's Rieslings have been prized worldwide for centuries, yet they have never quite caught on in the U.S.: this no doubt due to Germany’s arcane system of wine classification. The most useful words to know on German wine labels are “Kabinett,” which indicates an outstanding everyday wine, and “trocken,” which means “dry.” As far as dessert wines go, a half-bottle of German Eiswein is so potent that you'll be able...

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Though the trend is now in the other direction, for many years Riesling was known for producing wines with little alcohol and some residual sugar - too sweet for many modern wine drinkers. Though it's now cultivated worldwide, Riesling is nearly synonymous with German wine, and that country's winemakers have lately begun to produce some very exciting dry versions. They are careful to retain the delightful honeyed, flinty flavors that the best sweet Rieslings have always displayed. Alsace, of...

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