A.J. Adam Dhroner Hofberg Riesling Auslese * 2019


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“Based on grapes with 50% botrytis and selected twice—in the vineyard and on a sorting table in the boutique winery—the 2019 Dhroner Hofberg Riesling Auslese * is clear and concentrated on the delicate and elegant nose that reveals fine, slatey-piquant raisin and Riesling fruit that is pure and flinty. On the palate, this is a crystalline, very fine and filigreed Auslese with a salty-piquant, precise and lemon-fresh finish. This will be a Gold Capsule next year since Adam joined the VDP earlier this year. Tasted at the domain in September 2020. 94 points

Andreas Adam is a member of the VDP starting this year, and from the 2020 vintage, he is also the producer of at least one Grosses Gewächs, maybe more. Andreas and Barbara Adams cope quite well with difficult vintages like 2019. Although the yield was only 45 hectoliters per hectare (instead of an average of 50-55 hectoliters per hectare) due to the strict post-rainfall selections, the qualities are again excellent, especially the fine and very fine Auslese selections and the Beerenauslese from the Dhroner Hofberg. Botrytis wines are not exactly the goal of the Adam siblings, but they could not be prevented last year. They even harvested an ice wine during the blood moon night on January 20 of this year. A Reserve wine from the Dhroner Hofberg from the 2018 vintage is also new. Otherwise, the other dry wines of the 2019 vintage are also excellent.

Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate (10/20)