Tonschiefer Riesling Trocken, Dönnhoff
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Tonschiefer Riesling Trocken, Dönnhoff - 2019

Item # 27399 750mL
$27.99/ Single Bottle
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$335.88 $302.29/ 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

If you're in the camp who enjoys whites with zippy acidity wines this is one for you.The first sip is a bite straight into a lemon rind. There are some ripe peach and pineapple notes giving it subtle richness, and hard sour candy notes to finish it out playfully. The Donnhoff family estate in the Nahe region goes back from than 250 years. They've had ample time to identify the characteristics that give their rieslings so much finesse. Vineyards are south east facing which means longer ripening and this gives the wines more depth. The results are just radiant. The wine glows in the glass and adds a punchy kick to salty or rich foods. A perfect pairing with panko encrusted white fish and pickles.

- TD

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