2008 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese

SKU #1053766 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The Prum 2008 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spatlese - as with the corresponding Kabinett - is aromatically more marked by the residues of fermentation than are its immediate siblings. Hints of mango, quince, and musk added to the more predictable apple, vanilla, and liquid floral perfume and lend this an exotic touch, while its mineral side is dominated by striking salinity that enhances the savory stimulation of a long finish as well as offering a fascinating foil to the wine’s creaminess of texture and sheer ripeness. And while the nose needs to clear up here, the palate displays a remarkable sense of clarity to a wealth of flowers and spices. The wine seems to coat the palate while hovering above it, to seduce without touching. This should put on quite a show over the next 30 or more years. (93+, DS)  (2/2010)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Pungent aromas of slate, violet and black currant are immediate and intense. The flavors show pure lime, peach and mineral salt, matched to a creamy texture and a vibrant structure. Fine length. Best from 2012 through 2027.  (11/2009)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Crisp aromas of passion fruit, nut oils and cinnamon. Rich, sleek and invigorating, with the creamy tropical fruit flavors nonetheless remaining light and ethereal. Well-balanced, elegant and impeccably long.  (2/2010)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 Delicate lemony color. Fragrant nose of peach and apricot crème pastry, with hints of sherbet and grapefruit and a stony mineral focus. Crisp, racy with a youthful fruit cocktail medley of flavors. Light-bodied but focused and taut. Not hugely concentrated, but well balanced and persistent.  (3/2011)

Jancis Robinson

 Seems more open than the Kabinett, more evident fruit at the outset though still that distinctive reductive nose. Intensely mineral. Then rich and peachy on the palate, filling the mouth in a delicate but enveloping fashion. Streamlined with a lovely line. Drink 2013-2025. (17.5/20 points)  (6/2010)

K&L Notes

The Wehlener Sonnenuhr is, without question, the most famous vineyard within the Prum Estate (if not all of the Mosel). 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. To truly understand these wines a few years (5-25 depending on which pradikat level) of bottle is highly recommended. The wines of the 2008 vintage are showing vibrant and juicy acidity levels with bright and expressive aromatics and flavor profiles. They seem to a bit more wound up and tighter than the '07s and may need a bit more time in bottle to show what they really have to offer. It is an elegant and attractive vintage highlighting the Kabinett and Spatleses with lighter, sleeker and more charming versions of Auslese.

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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.
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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.
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Mosel-Saar-Ruwer