Dönnhoff, Pinot Brut, Nahe, Germany, 2014
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Overview of the Wine
The grandchild of the estate‘s founder, Helmut Dönnhoff, paved the way for international success by establishing an enduring quality and style in his wines. His vintages would in fact become a byword for renowned German Rieslings the world over. Following his training at his parents‘ estate and university studies in winegrowing, he assumed responsibility for both vineyard and cellar starting in 1971. “Extraordinary wines are based on extraordinary vineyards. I‘m fortunate to have had the opportunity to acquire several world-class sites and in some cases to resume cultivation. It remains very much a privilege for me to produce wine from vineyards of such exceptional quality. It‘s more than I ever could have dreamed when I first started working.” This deep understanding of grand wines and grand vineyards was passed on from father to son to grandson.
The fourth generation now holds the reins: Cornelius Dönnhoff. He began his training in 1999 and, after a series of positions abroad, in 2007 returned to assume responsibility for the estate – initially for the vineyard and cellar, and now for all aspects of the operation. History continues, but the estate remains what it has always been: a family affair in every sense.
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Winemaker's Tasting Notes
It shows aromas of fresh red berries, brioches and yeast. Extremely fine perlage, white and red fruit flavors with a fresh kick of acidity. Long and minerally finish.
91 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Dönnhoff's hand-riddled 2014 Pinot Brut, disgorged after 50 months on the secondary yeast, offers a clear, fresh and subtle bouquet of ripe apples intertwined with stony notes. Wonderfully open and not that reductive, as so many sparkling wines are. On the palate, this is a bone-dry, firm and fresh, very pure and linear Sekt with remarkable finesse and delicate salinity on the firm and "naked" finish with sur lie and refreshing lemon juice aromas. This is a terribly pure but very food-friendly sparkling wine with 12% alcohol. Drink with freshwater fish! Of this first lot (L 1401), 1,387 bottles were disgorged in August
2019. Tasted in October 2019.
Product size: 750ml