2007 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese (375ml) (Previously $37)

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96 points Wine & Spirits: "This is archetypal Prüm Auslese, from its aristocratic poise and silky finesse to its vibrant energy and crystalline complexity. Its sleek fuselage of fruit feels succulent without needing to be overly rich, and its subtle, mineral-drenched flavors unfold in kaleidoscopic detail on the long and fragrant finish. At the same time, its youthfulnes is almost painfully evident, a reminder that drinking this wine in optimum maturity is a pleasure that won't be experienced for at least another two or three decades." (10/09) 94 points Wine Spectator: "Pungent aromas of slate and flowers give way to peach and lime in this unevolved Riesling. The texture is supersilky, with great harmony among all the elements. Terrific length. Needs time." (04/09) 94 points and a Wine Enthusiast Top 100 Cellar Selection of 2009: "Some typical Prum smelly notes are apparent on the nose, but there's also plenty of pineapple and pear scents, and the flavor really blossom on hte palate; honeyed pineapple, melon and slate-like notes are sweet but balanced by tongue-tickeling acids. Long on the finish, where it picks up additional mineral overtones. Should come into its own by 2016 and last 20-30 years thereafter." (03/09) Citrus and slate in the aromatics. On the palate there is pear with peach, a hint of honey, and fresh cut apple. So fine and focused, clean and bright ...an enchanting bottle of Riesling. Surely one of the lightest and most tactful Auslesen made in 2007.

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- While the rest of the world has often misappropriated the name--Welchriesling, Riesling Italico, Gray Riesling and Emerald Riesling are all names applied to varieties that are NOT Riesling--this exceptional German varietal has managed to maintain its identity. Perhaps its biggest claims to fame are its intoxicating perfume, often described as having honeyed stone fruit, herb, apple and citrus notes, and its incredible longevity - the wines lasting for decades. Aged Rieslings often take on a distinctive and alluring Petrol-like aroma. Within Germany, the grape seems to do best in the warming slate soils of the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer. Other German regions that turn out great Rieslings include Pfalz, Rheingau and Nahe. German Rieslings are made in a range of ripeness levels. The top wines are assigned Prädikat levels to describe their ripeness at harvest. These are: Kabinett, Spätlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese, Eiswein and Trockenbeerenauslese. Riesling has also achieved acclaim in France's Alsace, the only region in that country where the grape is officially permitted. Alsatian Rieslings are typically dry and wonderfully aromatic. Austrian Riesling is also steadily gaining praise and fine Riesling is also produced in Italy's Alto-Adige and Friuli, in Slovenia and much of Central and Eastern Europe. In the New World its stronghold is Australia, where it does best in the Eden and Clare Valleys. It is also planted in smaller amounts in New Zealand. In the US, winemakers are eschewing the syrupy sweet versions of the 1970s and 1980s, instead making elegant and balanced wines in both California and Washington State.


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