2011 Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese

SKU #1111264 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Musk melon, Persian melon and mango dominate the Fritz Haag 2011 Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese A.P. #7, conveying its sense of sheer ripeness, which is underscored by an opulent, glycerol-rich, subtly honey-slicked, creamy palate performance. This preserves the striking sense of delicacy and lift that were found in the corresponding Juffer and shares as well its saliva-inducing finishing salinity, though not quite that wine’s sense of energy and interplay. This beauty, too, should be worth following for at least two decades.  (4/ 2013)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Elegant aromas of Bing cherry, apple blossom and roasted pine nuts. Sweet and delicate but nonetheless creamy on the palate, with sweet herbs and a touch of vanilla. Lemon curd and slate animate a compelling finish.  (2/ 2013)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Boasts an essence of apples, with notes of ripe citrus laid over a broad structure of crisp acidity. Light spice and pastry notes linger on the juicy finish. Drink now through 2034.  (4/ 2013)

K&L Notes

From Mosel Fine Wines: "92 points. This offers a slight touch of fermentation reduction but develops some attractive notes of spicy apple, pear and a hint of pineapple with airing. Despite quite some rich notes of fruits, the wine remains superbly elegant and juicy on the palate and offers a long Auslese-like finish. This is a very attractive and well-made wine." (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.
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