2018 Donnhoff Roxheimer Hollenpfad Riesling Trocken

Riesling - 750ML
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JS 94 DC 92 WA 92 VN 91 WS 91
JS 94

jamessuckling.com, December 2019

This is crystal clear with white flowers, white peaches and light apples. Full body, layered and complex. Savory and succulent. Tangy. Drink now.
DC 92

Decanter, May 2019

The steep red sandstone slopes of the Höllenpfad have produced a lovely wine here in spite of the drought-affected 2018 vintage. It has some grip and texture at this stage, with plenty of dry, refreshing salinity...
WA 92

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, October 2019

The 2018 Roxheimer Höllenpfad Riesling Trocken is extremely flinty and pure on the nose. Lush but filigreed and refined on the palate, this is a medium-bodied and crystalline, straight and elegant dry Riesling with a...
VN 91

Vinous, June 2020

Smoky black tea and piquant pink peppercorn on the nose go on to stimulatingly accept juicy apple on a firm palate. Smokiness and piquancy predictably carry into the sustained finish, happily accompanied by generous...
WS 91

Wine Spectator, June 2020

Prominent acidity flows through this white, but white peach, daisy and cardamom flavors are present enough to create harmony. Silky, focused and firm overall, but shows charm, with sage and mineral notes on the finish...


Color & Type White
Varietal Riesling
Country Germany
Region Nahe
Sub-region Roxheim
Vintage 2018
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 13%
Closure Cork

The 2018 Donnhoff Roxheimer Hollenpfad Riesling Trocken from the Nahe region of Germany is a noteworthy white wine produced by Donnhoff. This 2018 vintage includes a 13.0% alcohol content and is sealed with a cork closure. The wine is characterized by its steely, dry style, reflecting the influence of its steep red sandstone slopes in the Roxheim sub-region.

James Suckling gives this Riesling a commendable score of 94, describing it as "crystal clear with white flowers, white peaches and light apples." He notes that it is "full body, layered and complex," making it a wine that's both savory and succulent, with a tangy edge. Suckling’s excellent review highlights the wine's immediate appeal, suggesting it is ready to be enjoyed now.

Decanter also praises this wine, awarding it a score of 92. Their tasting notes mention the "dry, refreshing salinity" that forms a backbone for flavors of "gentle pear and tangy apple and lime." They highlight the wine's 6.2g/l of residual sugar, which enriches the palate without adding unnecessary sweetness. The review acknowledges the challenges of the drought-affected vintage but lauds the wine's grip and texture.

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate echoes the high praise with another 92 points, emphasizing the wine's "extremely flinty and pure" nose. The palate is described as "lush but filigreed and refined," with a medium body that offers a "remarkably long and tensioned finish." This review underscores the wine's crystalline structure and elegance.

Vinous offers a slightly different angle, scoring the Riesling at 91. They describe a complex nose of "smoky black tea and piquant pink peppercorn" leading to a firm palate with "juicy apple" and a "mouthwatering lick of salt." The reviewer notes the wine's relative generosity for the site, recommending both immediate consumption and aging potential.

Wine Spectator also rates the wine at 91, pointing out its "prominent acidity" and flavors of "white peach, daisy and cardamom." The review highlights the wine's "silky, focused and firm" nature, with charming notes of "sage and mineral" on the finish. They suggest it will be best enjoyed from 2022 through 2032, with only 156 cases imported.

Overall, the 2018 Donnhoff Roxheimer Hollenpfad Riesling Trocken is a well-crafted wine that has garnered positive reviews for its clarity, complexity, and potential for aging.