2001 Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese #6

SKU #1324317 97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Candied stones and liquid minerals are intermingled with honeysuckle blossoms in the aromatics of the 2001 Riesling Auslese Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr. This stunner is elegant beyond words, powerful, crystalline, and has a mind-boggling finish. Its light to medium-bodied, satin-textured personality is boldly flavored yet airy. Quartz, assorted minerals, verbena, and hints of candied limes are found in this complete offering's complex character. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2020+. (PR)  (12/2002)

Jancis Robinson

 A floral, faintly rose-petal nose, over stony citrus and ripe green fig. On the palate, rich apricot and orange intensity with an energy that cuts through the sweetness. Mouthwatering finish. 17.5/20 Points (JH)  (4/2011)


 Cinnamon and allspice accents to the Bartlett pear and apple aromas lead to a deliciously citric and delicately pungent palate. From a slightly less hard, more water-retentive parcel, this Auslese is in a direct line from the Spatlese A.P. #7, equally juicy and engaging, but richer and more forcefully citric. 2 stars. (DS)  (11/2002)

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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.