2012 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese Mosel

SKU #1147415 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Fresh and smoke-flavored, ripe, white-stone-fruit aromas along with herbal and crushed stone notes on the nose of the 2013 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese (AP #18 13) lead to a light-footed, piquant, elegant, lingering juicy and salty finish that is absolutely stimulating and reveals great complexity. (SR)  (2/2015)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

 Whiffs of chalk and slate lend a mineral tone to aromas of honey and white peach on this unctuously sweet, yet nuanced Riesling. Ripe mango and yellow cherry flavors are densely concentrated on the palate, yet lifted by bursts of tangerine acidity. Finishes endlessly long with a lingering spray of blossoms. (AI)  (12/2014)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Pale golden yellow. Candied papaya, persimmon, clove and a vague hint of smoky botrytis on the nose. Luscious, creamy peach nectar flavor is nicely framed and accented by a splash of salty minerality. (JP)  (1/2014)

92 points Wine Spectator

 A minerally and racy style, with well-integrated nectarine, melon and ginger flavors. Jellied citrus notes linger on the lush and focused finish, featuring hints of celery salt. Drink now through 2038. (KM)  (10/2014)

Jancis Robinson

 Rich and broad, opulent lime juice cocktail on the nose. Exciting and tense. But very pure at the same time too. Miraculously transparent. 18/20 points. (JR)  (9/2013)

K&L Notes

The steep, grapevine-spiked slopes of Wehlener Sonnenuhr comprise among the most iconic vineyards of the Mosel. From the cellar of J.J. Prüm, this is a perennially classic, collectible Riesling. From Mosel Fine Wines: "93 points. This is a gorgeous wine that oozes yellow peach, apricot, pink grapefruit and white flowers as well as a touch of mango. The wine is firmly Auslese in style and delivers a great playfully creamy feel on the palate and in the nicely juicy yet salty and fresh finish." (10/2013)

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