2011 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Gold Capsule Auslese
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A delightful hint of salted caramel creeps into the nose and onto the palate of Prum’s 2011 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese gold capsule, which when combined with apple jelly, honey and nougat not to mention a creamy and almost taffy-like texture, makes for a decidedly confectionary aura. Sweet liquid essences of lily, musky peony and gardenia as well as a faint oiliness and high glycerol enhance the luxuriantly seductive effect of this long-lingering performance, yet there remains a critical modicum of fresh apple and melon juiciness (if less efficacious than that of the corresponding Bernkasteler) to complement the sense of levity in this elixir’s finish and to render the next sip virtually irresistible. (There will be an auctioned counterpart to this bottling, but like a number of other eventual upper-Pradikat Prum 2011s, I have not yet had an opportunity to taste it.)
Plush, lively and lusciously creamy, with plenty of snap to the ripe peach, white cherry and ruby grapefruit flavors. This shows plenty of refinement, offering hints of white chocolate and sage honey. Drink now through 2035. (Web Only- 2012)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Pale golden yellow. Apricot, quince and persimmon dominate the bouquet, along with a hint of honeyed botrytis. Smoky wet-stone minerality keeps the sweet, ripe peach fruit in check. This rich, deep auslese is both sweet and a touch austere on the understated finish.
94 points Mosel Fine Wines: "This backward wine only hints at pear cream, apricot flower and pine honey at this stage. It shows the opulence of a GK, with some rich and earthy notes of honeyed fruits, yet the finish remains comparatively light and fresh. This will be a cracking wine once it will have shed off its reductive notes of almond and smoke." (10/2012) The Wehlener Sonnenuhr is, without question, the most famous of vineyard sites within the Prüm Estate, if not all of the Mosel Valley. With its south-southwest exposure, weathered grey slate and ridiculous steepness (up to 70%), it provides an optimal growing climate for Riesling. The wines from here show fantastic depth of stone fruit flavors accompanied by a fine line of minerality and length. 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. Somewhat similar to the 2007 vintage, the quality in 2011 is fantastic and the wines are abundant. 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)