2016 Joh. Jos. Prüm Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Spätlese Riesling Mosel

SKU #1336757 94 points John Gilman

 As the Prüm family has such a small slice of the Sonnenuhr vineyard in Zeltingen, it is seldom included in tastings such as this, where clients of the distributor and one of their top retailers have been invited to taste the new vintage, and it was quite generous of both to include the wine at our dinner tasting. This too is surprisingly expressive today, delivering a superb aromatic constellation of apple, lime zest, a touch of tangerine, complex slate minerality, wild yeasts and both fruit blossoms and lilacs in the upper register. On the palate the wine refined, medium-full and dancing, with lovely interplay of pristine fruit, plenty of floral tones and a great base of slate. The finish is long, precise and filigreed, with fine focus and grip on the very long finish. A beautiful wine in the making. 2026-2060.  (5/2018)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Katharina's 2016 Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Spätlese (AP 06 17) is super clear, precise and aromatic on the nose, showing good concentration that is perfectly interwoven with the smoky minerality of the Sonnenuhr. Super lush and round on the palate, this is a gorgeously rich and supple Spätlese with remarkable finesse and elegance. The acidity is ripe and fully integrated. The Zeltinger drinks perfectly today—and it won't survive in any cellar, because you just can't resist it. (SR)  (4/2018)

93 points Vinous

 Fresh apple garlanded in honeysuckle and heliotrope sets the tone for a generously juicy, subtly creamy palate seductively loaded with inner-mouth floral perfume and leading to an inhalative, delicate but seriously sustained finish vividly underlain with wet stone and tinged with bittersweet, smoky nut oils and mouthwatering salinity. (DS)  (1/2018)

92 points Wine Spectator

 A well-delineated, very floral style, with jasmine and bergamot aromas and flavors of lychee and persimmon. Light yet packed with flavor, showing great length and harmony. (AZ)  (6/2018)

K&L Notes

92 points Mosel Fine Wines: "This delivers a beautifully fresh and complex nose of pink grapefruit, ginger, passion fruit, smoke, apricot blossom, almond paste and a touch of toffee. The wine is quite rich and almost of Auslese presence and intensity on the palate, yet a juicy and clean side runs through the wine and lifts up the flavors. The finish of this classy Auslese-styled Riesling is delicate, creamy and nicely fruity. 2026-2041" (Jean Fisch and David Rayer, 10/2017)

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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 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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