2003 Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel #9

SKU #1113007 93 points Wine Spectator

 This is delicious. Ripe and juicy, it bursts with peach, floral and lime aromas and flavors. It's nicely balanced and, despite its richness, shows a delicate frame typical of the Mosel. Long finish. Drink now through 2018.  (3/2005)

Jancis Robinson

 Great depth, tension and botrytis character - a real treat for the long term. 19/20 points.  (6/2004)

K&L Notes

Wilhelm Haag at Fritz Haag has again produced Rieslings of great depth and restraint with considerable minerality and focus in 2003. Not unlike other regions in Europe, the 2003 German vintage was marked by a hot summer which realized a group of concentrated and age-worthy Auslesen and dessert wines. The vintage separated the men from the boys amongst winemakers, and Wilhelm Haag showed why he is on the short list of the best in the country. According to importer Rudi Wiest: "The aromas are somewhat more reserved than you’d expect, with lemons, pear and wet slate and stones. On the palate there is a compact concentration of sour lemon, white peach, pear, white pepper and a smear of almond paste. The current of focused slate terroir in this wine is breath taking. Very delicate, but with a lingering grace."

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Staff Image By: Adam Winkel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/23/2012 | Send Email
Typical vintages of this Fritz Haag's AP #9 show focused notes of yellow peach and lime, but the characteristics of this vintage have taken it a step further to add a unique and pronounced mango profile. What is also normally a saline and filigreed mineral profile has relized what is more akin to a slab of grey slate dropped on your foot. The hot vintage was mitigated by the vineyard's cooling situation right on the Mosel, but the vines really worked for their moisture and the concentration is powerful but perfectly lifted. What we have is an Auslese that is built like a Rheingau wine but with the characteristics of the Mosel. The only knock on a wine like this is that it is aging a little quicker than other vintages, so take advantage of it! It is drinking fantastically! This wine shows best at cellar temperature with about a 2-3 hour decant.
Drink from 2012 to 2020

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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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