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Tonschiefer Riesling Trocken, Dönnhoff
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Tonschiefer Riesling Trocken, Dönnhoff - 2017

Item # 27399 750mL
$26.96/ Single Bottle
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$323.52 $291.17/ Case of 12
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Tasting Notes

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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Staff Pick Notes

I eat sour patch kids (tm) pretty often. I love their primary colors and squishy insides and I crave their sand-papery texture (also a bag has like 50 and I'm into that). But damn! It's hard to find a great wine to pair with those little guys. Thankfully, Donnhoff has swooped in and answered my prayers: a wine that is rich and hints at sweetness, but is very fresh with mouth-watering acidity. For real, my mouth is watering right now, just thinking about it. Terry Theise, a leading authority on German wines, describes this Trocken as having "the grip, torque and stature of a “GG” along with a woodsy note and a texture at once adamant and breathy." In my tasting notes, I just wrote, "has that sour candy thing." Regardless of whose equally poetic description you prefer, you should probably take this home and enjoy how you see fit.


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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