2004 Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese #6 (Previously $55)

SKU #1057511

94 points Wine Spectator: "A young, scintillating auslese, displaying great clarity and detail. Apple, peach, spice and mineral aromas and flavors are the highlights, brought into relief by the well-integrated acidity. Fine harmony and length. This will age well. Best from 2008 through 2030. 50 cases imported." B.S. 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Discrete aromas of white peach, quince and mint. Rich, juicy apricot fruit and an understated acidity are in delicate balance. Creamy lemon curd and salty minerality mingle on the long finish." Joel B. Payne (Jan/Feb 06) The Haag estate to those in the know is perhaps the one of the, if not the, most respected names in German fine wine. The very steep vineyards with grades up to 73%, are planted on slate rock, and are among the most difficult vineyard sites in the world to cultivate. Like "solar collectors", they too are extremely efficient in absorbing every available ray of sunshine.

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Staff Image By: Chiara Shannon | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/30/2010 | Send Email
Gorgeous, intense, evolving nose of creamy aromas laced with smoke. The palate is today showing incredible depth, with rich stone fruit and earthy, mushroomy flavors. High acidity makes for a clean, fresh, and long finish on this outstanding Auslese. If you are looking for a serious Riseling from a good vintage in the recent past that is just starting to show some development, do not miss out on this outstanding example of fine 04 Auslese from a great producer.

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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.


- Thanks to a recent string of excellent vintages and to the reemergence of Germany onto the international wine writing scene, this is a country that's hot, hot, hot! Germany is divided into 13 wine Region and produces a very wide variety of wine styles, from incredibly high-acid, dry wines to some of the sweetest, most unctuous concoctions on the planet and even a few surprisingly hearty reds. Most of the highest-quality wines are grown on steep banks along the rivers in these Region. Small vineyards are still mostly hand tended and picked, due to the difficult nature of mechanization on these slopes. White wine production accounts for nearly 80% of the total with Riesling being the most important varietal, though Muller-Thurgau is still more widely planted. Click for a list of bestselling items from Germany.