2007 Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr Spätlese #7

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94 points Wine Spectator: "Crystalline and focused, showing peach, nectarine, lime, slate and savory notes. The vibrant structure lifts the fruit as this stays concentrated and balanced through the long, saline- and mineral-inflected aftertaste. Drink now through 2028." 93 points Wine & Spirits: "This feels crystalline and pure, its flavors of mango, peach and fresh lime held in perfect tension by vibrant acidity and intensely prominent minerality. It should enjoy a long and slow development, and in time my score might appear conservative." (12/08) 92 points Wine Enthusiast and 92 points from Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Lovely floral, peach and clove aromas. Creamy apricot flavor on the palate, enlivened by a bracing saline character. Finishes nicely with slate, lemon oil and a hint of nutmeg." (Jan/Feb '09) 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The Fritz Haag 2007 Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr Spatlese A.P. #7 features lily perfume, pink grapefruit, pineapple, and peach in an effusively rich display of fruit suffused with alkaline, saline, and savory crustacean mineral character, with hints of citrus zest and brown spices adding allure and invigoration in a long finish. The waft and sweetness of floral perfume as well as the tropical ripeness here are well matched to the wine's delicacy and its more overt sweetness vis a vis the Juffer Spatlese. I imagine it will continue to repay 25 or more years' cellaring." (06/09)

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