2011 Joh. Jos. Prüm Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese

SKU #1114114 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A glorious sense of liquid floral perfume -- suggesting honeysuckle, heliotrope, and apple blossom -- pervades the Prum 2011 Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese, dovetailing deftly with quince preserves and Normandy cider on a subtly creamy, almost weightlessly buoyant, and infectiously juicy palate. This ultra-polished and impeccably-balanced performance lingers ravishingly with a strong sense of underlying wet stone and nut oils added to its pure expression of fruit and liquid perfume. Yes, it’s quite rounded-off in overall impression and, in contrast with most of the wines in this year’s Prum collection, obviously sweet. But there is potential for three decades of titillation and satisfaction.  (4/2013)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Vibrant, with concentrated sweet basil and thyme accents to the quince, mango and tarte Tatin flavors. Very crunchy and bright at midpalate, showing notes of honeycream, spice and mineral that mingle effortlessly. Drink now through 2030. (Web Only- 2012)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Attractive floral, apple and hazelnut aromas. The creamy texture of apricot fruit is paired with saline acidity. Well balanced but still somewhat withdrawn. The aristocratic finish displays appealing length.  (2/2013)

K&L Notes

91 points from Mosel Fine Wines: "This joyful Spätlese is all about juicy scents of yellow peach and earthy spices. It offers great tension on the palate with the presence of an Auslese from the old days as well as a classy tart feel of grapefruit in the finish. Lovers of past Zeltinger Sonnenuhr wines from this Estate will adore the aromatics packed in this vintage's offer!" (10/2012) Weingut Joh. Jos. Prüm was founded in 1911 by Johann Josef Prüm. The direct neighbor of Wehlener Sonnenuhr, the Sonnenuhr of Zelting shares very similar sun exposure and steepness. The difference is within the soil itself; there is a layer of firm slate that the roots hit, allowing them to find a little less water than those planted at their big brother to the north. These tend to have a little touch of smokiness to them and have a much rounder, softer acidity level. The 2011 vintage was marked by perfect springtime weather conditions, a nice, drawn out, somewhat cool summer and lovely fall that allowed for extended hang times and, in turn, excellent ripening. The 2011s will be slightly more accessible earlier on (5-15 years depending on Prädikat), but with their complexity, elegance and fine structure the aging potential is frustratingly fantastic (patience may be required). (Eric Story, K&L German Wine Buyer)

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