TN: 1997 Dönnhoff Oberhäuser Brücke Riesling Eiswein (Germany, Nahe)

1997 Dönnhoff Oberhäuser Brücke Riesling Eiswein - Germany, Nahe (1/2/2017)
I am not certain how to describe a wine such as this Eiswein. It’s one of the most integrated wines I have had in years. Only a slight bit of prickly acidity that catches in the back of the throat betrays this as Eiswein rather than an utterly majestic auction-level Auslese. I could list all the fruit and spice flavors, but it’s more relevant to try to convey how the wine feels; the richness and viscosity caress the palate, leading to an incalculably long finish. I am not sure if any of this conveys the true experience of the wine, but it’s how it felt at the time.

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Was this because of the vintage or because of the wine’s age? I didn’t buy many '97s, and I don’t have many memories of their acid-levels. Thanks for the evocative note.

'97 was not a high acid vintage, so I have to think that’s the reason.

Thanks. That seems like a logical deduction. Unfortunately, my Eiswein experience is limited, when it comes to drinking older bottles. Age-wise, what are your favorite drinking windows for Eiswein?

this stuff is ageless and drinks well forever. I still own a bit of 96 and 98. Always WOTN

I have had zero issues with aging Eiswein. Never had one go over the hill from a good producer.


A little. Not dominant by any means. The spice was subtle.