2011 Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese #6 (Previously $53)

SKU #1111307 94 points Wine Spectator

 A refined style, featuring concentrated flavors of glazed apricot, peach cobbler, ripe kiwifruit and Meyer lemon. This displays luscious mouthfeel, culminating in a long and powerful finish of spice, with hints of white chocolate and cream. An elegant style. Drink now through 2040.  (4/2013)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The Fritz Haag 2011 Braunebeger Juffer-Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese A.P. #6 delivers luscious nectarine preserves and mango on an opulent yet buoyant palate, though without – for now at least – quite the seductive creaminess of texture or the uncanny lift (even at a mere 7.5% alcohol) of the corresponding Spatlese #7. Look for this to satisfy for at least a quarter of a century and quite possibly to gain in complexity.  (4/2013)

Jancis Robinson

 Fine aromas of citrus fruit and spices open the curtain to an impressive presentation of orange, mandarin and grapefruit flavours, all inclusive of juice, pith and zesty peel. A delicate touch of cloves and a subtle note of bitterness add intrigue to an already complex composition. There is nothing cloying about the expression of the ample residual sugar. Luscious but fresh, exotic but not tropical, it leaves enough room for a deft minerally touch, and once the exuberance of youth has subsided, we have every reason to expect a masterful demonstration of elegance. 18/20 points.  (6/2012)

K&L Notes

93 points.from Mosel Fine Wines: "This smoky wine offers a great nose of spices, pear and mirabelle, with just a hint of whipped cream lurking in the background. It is quite firm and zesty on the palate, with still a great filigreed structure leading to a long, smooth and yet juicy finish and a great feel of whipped cream in the after-taste. This is a gorgeous Auslese." (10/2012)

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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. Click for a list of bestselling items from Germany.
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Mosel-Saar-Ruwer

Alcohol Content (%): 7.5