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Really a Fantastic Chardonnay!
Apricot, peach, pear, vanilla, mint, stony minerality. Ripe, luscious, beautiful acidic lift in the finish. The way the viscous and concentrated midpalate slides into the elegant and refreshing finish is particularly remarkable. — 3 days ago
Completely mature, of course.
Delicious notes of old foudres, gasoline, smoky minerals, wet rocks, narcissus, grilled carrots, apple sauce and nectarine.
Very elegant and traditional, after 9 years this is getting more and more similar to a classic spätlese.
AP# 30-08 — 10 days ago
Dark fruit, ink, black pepper, sous-bois, smoked ham.
Starting to develop some maturation nuances, dusty tannines, rustic acidity. Not as savage and outdoorsey like the more traditionally produced Cornas, but no fruitbomb either.
Benefitted from aeration. — 14 days ago
Soft plummy fruit, pastry notes, cappuccino and hints of milk chocolate. Although the structure of this wine is slightly firm and masculine, the fruit is ripe, plush and smooth as silk. In the back there are still some considerable tannines that need to be shed. Beautiful wine, though! — 4 days ago
Lovely wine in the typical Dönnhoff-style. Perfect balance in acidity and sweetness, very clean and bright, pure and juicy fruit, tiny pinch of Asian spice, dash of minerality, teaspoon of petrol. It's all there.
So, why the slightly indiscriminate score, you might ask?
Well, in my opinion, Dönnhoffs wines resemble the ideal son-in-law.... Attentive, friendly, homely, attractive, clever, intelligent, matches every occasion. And the wife adores 'em!
But in the end, it's lacking in personality, too easy, too neat, a tad shallow and predicable? Ah well, I think you get the picture... 🙂
— 15 days ago
This wine is still in great shape, and full of life. Underbrush, tart red cherry, dry herbs and firm acidity. Lovely, mature Sangiovese, only a touch of rusticity. Personally, I have a soft spot for this wine, because it is one of the very first wines that I bought for cellaring. Extremely rewarding and interesting to follow its development over the years. 2 bottles left in the bin. — 8 days ago