Niederhauser Hermannshohle Riesling Spatlese, Schneider
For over 100 years, the Hermannshöhle has been rated the best site in the Nahe and is therefore the bench mark by which all other vineyards in the region are judged. This site takes its name from a small mine (Höhle which actually means “cave”) in the middle of the hillside. Hermann comes Herms, the Greek guardian of messengers and travelers, which might indicate that at one point this was an area of ancient worship. The soils are mostly black slate mixed with extrusive igneous rock, porphyry and limestone.
Polished and relatively “modern,” showing all the classic flavors of this greatest-of-great vineyards. From their oldest vines (planted 1939) blended with a parcel that’s merely 40. A wine to study in its mint-smoke potion hookah juju; it should be served by a Vizier instead of a somm, unless the somm comes to the table with falcons on both shoulders…. — Terry Theise
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