2006 Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel #9 Mosel (375ml)

SKU #1033579 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2006 Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr Auslese Gold Capsule A.P. #9 leads with pineapple, pink grapefruit, mandarin, and peach, setting the stage for a luscious and refreshing -- while at the same time honeyed, creamy-rich, liqueur-like -- palate performance. Orange blossom, lily, and hints of musk waft throughout, and together with subtle expressions of botrytis give this a delightfully mysterious aura. The lingering finish is at once soothing and luxurious yet also stimulating and intriguing. This is extraordinarily balanced nobly sweet Riesling, and if it lacks quite the clarity and riveting complexity of the corresponding Juffer, it is always worth bearing in mind the collective wisdom of the Haags and other local growers that great wine from Juffer-Sonnenuhr will take longer to express its full potential. (DS)  (10/2008)

95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Golden yellow. Sumptuous aromas of peach skin, ripe apricot and clove waft over a firm bed of brown spice botrytis. The rich, dense passion fruit flavor is creamy and silky, enlivened by an ethereal minerality. This is fruit concentration with angel's wings and one of the ten best ausleses of the vintage, topped only by Haag's two rare auction wines. (JP)  (1/2008)

94 points Wine Spectator

 An intense Riesling, packed with apricot, lime, vanilla cream and slate aromas and flavors. Has precision balance and an airy, cashmerelike texture. The flavors continue to develop on the finish. Drink now through 2030. (BS)  (4/2008)

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- 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 Pr├Ądikat levels to describe their ripeness at harvest. These are: Kabinett, Sp├Ątlese, 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.


- 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.