2016 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spätlese Riesling Mosel

SKU #1337052 94 points John Gilman

 The 2016 Wehlener “Sonnenuhr” Spätlese AP #12 is also a simply outstanding bottle in the making, and though it shares a bit of an expressive nature with the last two wines, it is a bit more buttoned up today behind its structural elements and will need just a bit more time in the cellar to blossom. But, this is typical of this vineyard! The bouquet is lovely and will be very complex in the fullness of time, as today it offers up scents of pear, delicious apple, vanilla bean, a marvelous undertow of slate, wild yeasts, a touch of citrus zest and a topnote of apple blossoms. On the palate the wine is pure, medium-full and racy, with a lovely core, superb backend energy and laser-like focus on the very long and seamless finish. A classic. 2028-2060.  (5/2018)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spätlese (AP 23 17) is still discreet, floral and finely mineral rather than fruity on the nose compared to the other 2016 Spätlesen. Lush, piquant and juicy on the palate, this is a firm but sensual Sonnenuhr with remarkable finesse, lightness and lingering salinity. Tasted March 2018. (SR)  (4/2018)

93 points Vinous

 Headily sweet scents of gardenia, lily and honeysuckle mingle with those of fresh apple and pear, setting the tone for a succulently fruity, delicate palate loaded with inner-mouth perfume. With an enveloping sense of richness, the finish lingers lusciously, almost decadently. It would be a shame not to allow this some time in bottle before uncorking -- advice which the Prüms would emphatically give you about all of their wines! (DS)  (1/2018)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Intense but lithe, with lively acidity that provides fine cut to the mango, slate and chamomile flavors. A savory mineral note stands out toward the end, with graceful floral hints lingering on the pure-tasting finish. (AZ)  (3/2018)

Jancis Robinson

 Generous fruit and ginger scent with apricot and sweet citrus on the palate. Has the extra weight that is missing from the Graacher. Tremendous nerve. (RH)  (9/2017)

K&L Notes

92+ points from Mosel Fine Wines: "This proves quite closed at first. A hint of volatile acidity quickly gives way to beautiful flavors of canned yellow peach, apricot blossom, grapefruit and a touch of toffee on the nose. The wine develops ripe aromas on the creamy, intense and smooth palate. The finish is full of honeyed fruits, roasted pineapple and butter cream. This Auslese-styled expression of Wehlener Sonnenuhr will need quite some time to integrate its richness, but could then turn out even better than anticipated as the fresher side emerges at maturity. 2026-2046" (Jean Fisch and David Rayer, 10/2017)

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Varietal:

Riesling

- 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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Germany

- 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.
Sub-Region:

Mosel-Saar-Ruwer