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2001 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese Mosel

SKU #1002053 96 points Wine Spectator

 A completely seductive and appealing '01 spätlese. Seamless and airy in texture, yet layered with peach, citrus and mineral aromas and flavors enmeshed in the delicate frame. Lovely finish. *Highly Recommended, Ranked #8 of the Top 100 of 2003* (BS)  (3/2003)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Aromas of candied limes, smoky slate, and white pepper are found in the explosive nose of the 2001 Riesling Spatlese Wehlener Sonnenuhr. A sultry, seductive wine, it luxuriously slathers the taster's palate with rich, yet focused, layers of juicy lemons, red cherries, currants, blueberries, limes, and pears. Notes of candied raspberries make an appearance in this exceptional offering's unbelievably long finish. Pure, elegant, powerful, deep, and densely packed, it should get even better with cellaring. (PR)  (12/2002)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 Like many of the J.J. Prum wines when young, this one was difficult to taste because of the elevated sulfur levels. Yet in time, this rating may look stingy, as they tend to evolve beautifully in the bottle. For now, there’s some pineapple and citrus showing, but the bulk of the score stems from the wine’s rich, honeyed texture that’s perfectly enlivened by just a trace of spritz. Try in 2010 or beyond. *Cellar Selection* (JC)  (3/2003)

Jancis Robinson

 Pale green. Very rich and tense and lively. Very edgy with some richness. Blackcurrant leaf flavours. Taut and tense. Grapefruit quality. Quite sweet, though there is an extraordinarily high level of tension and acidity. 18/20 points  (5/2003)


 Yeasty, mealy fermentative notes form a halo around honey and spices in the nose. This is creamy and polished in feel, sedate in flavor, and boasts uncanny balance of sugar and acid. Apple jelly and honey flavors and the richness of texture suggest Auslese character, yet the play of acids and the overall delicacy of flavor are in the key of classic Spatlese. Lovely notes of brown spice team up with apple and honey in the finish, a rather tea-like sense of tannins not disturbing the texture but only adding further fascinating counterpoint. The wine may not be entirely typical Wehlen, but it is compelling. *Two 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 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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