2009 Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr "EL" Riesling Spätlese (Previously $45)

SKU #1059700 93 points Wine Spectator

 Bordering on opulent, yet offset by bright acidity, this offers lime, peach and spice flavors. Balanced on a light-weight frame, with a piquant aftertaste. Drink now through 2025. –BS  (2/ 2011)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 An almost gaudy sense of tropical ripeness in the nose of Haags’ 2009 Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese A.P. #7 put me in mind of an Auslese. Pink grapefruit, banana, mango, and quince are tinged with caramel but at the same time laced with sufficient sense of fresh citrus to convey an element of refreshment and vivacity even on a silken-textured, lushly-rich palate, and extending into a satisfyingly long finish.  (12/ 2010)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Lovely floral, peach and clove aromas. Creamy apricot fruit is framed and lifted by a bracing saline character. The complex finish offers notes of slate, lemon oil and nutmeg.  (2/ 2011)

K&L Notes

From the importer: "Nose is a little tight at the time of tasting (just very young - it will open), but there are shades of the multifaceted slate terroir mixing with an exotic perfume. When it hits the palate it is so vivid and precise - with focused flavors of white and yellow peach, pineapple, tangelo, mango, cassis, and a hint of cherry. These flavors all float on a bed of featherlike Juffer Sonnenuhr slate details, a beautifully crafted Spätlese." From JancisRobinson.com: "Fresh and tangy citrus fruit with a dusty, flinty edge. Wide spectrum of fruit, from local pear and apple to more exotic mandarin and orange. Juicy rather than crisp acidity, touches of spice and minerals, fresh and firm at the same time, great structure. Excellent balance and length." (07/2010)

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By: David Driscoll |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/4/2012  | Send Email
This is a serious, serious wine - a bottle that should probably be buried away for decades in your cellar, but perhaps pulled out for a special meal if you can't resist. The Sonnenuhr vineyard, located in Brauneberg, is one of the most famous in the world, known for incredible riesling grapes of the highest quality. 2009 was a fantastic vintage for the region and the depth exhibited in the Fritz Haag is incredible. A combination of stone and tropical fruits, supple textures, and hints of spice with a mineral undercurrent. I can only imagine what this will taste like two decades from now.

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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.
Country:

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.
Sub-Region:

Mosel-Saar-Ruwer

Alcohol Content (%): 7.5