2003 Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel #9
This is delicious. Ripe and juicy, it bursts with peach, floral and lime aromas and flavors. It's nicely balanced and, despite its richness, shows a delicate frame typical of the Mosel. Long finish. Drink now through 2018.
Great depth, tension and botrytis character - a real treat for the long term. 19/20 points.
Wilhelm Haag at Fritz Haag has again produced Rieslings of great depth and restraint with considerable minerality and focus in 2003. Not unlike other regions in Europe, the 2003 German vintage was marked by a hot summer which realized a group of concentrated and age-worthy Auslesen and dessert wines. The vintage separated the men from the boys amongst winemakers, and Wilhelm Haag showed why he is on the short list of the best in the country. According to importer Rudi Wiest: "The aromas are somewhat more reserved than you’d expect, with lemons, pear and wet slate and stones. On the palate there is a compact concentration of sour lemon, white peach, pear, white pepper and a smear of almond paste. The current of focused slate terroir in this wine is breath taking. Very delicate, but with a lingering grace."