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2003 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese Mosel

SKU #1012261 94 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark I had some very fine examples of the 2003 German vintage on this trip (in the spring of 2013) and the ’03 Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese was one of the best. The deep, ripe and complex nose offers up a very stylish bouquet of pineapple, pear, orange zest, honeycomb, slate and a nice touch of Chartreuse-like botanicals in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bdoied, complex and just starting to blossom with secondary elements, with a fien core, lovely focus and balance and a long, quite crisp (particularly for a 2003er) finish. A lovely, lovely wine that is drinking very well already, but has decades of life still ahead of it! Inner quote mark (5/2015)

94 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Stunning. Very aromatic and expressive, offering rose, apricot, lime and mineral notes allied to a clear, gossamer frame. Well-balanced, though somewhat soft in structure. Forward today, the finish should pick up more intensity with age. (BS) Inner quote mark (3/2005)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Rubbery and mineral - loads of heady petrol aroma emerging. Extravagant and sweet with loads of defined fruit character, like candied pineapple and ginger. A tour de force. 17.5/20 points (RH) Inner quote mark (5/2016)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Peach and vanilla aromas. Broad, polished and creamy, yet it lies lightly, even delicately, on the palate. Brown spice, mango and banana suggest the vintage's extreme ripeness without conveying any overt sense of botrytis. Static yet imposingly rich and layered on the finish. (Nooks and crannies are not what this vintage, particularly at this address, is about.) Potential 2 stars. (DS) Inner quote mark (1/2005)

K&L Notes

93 points Mosel Fine Wines at the 10 year retrospective of the vintage: "Despite a rather gold color, which would usually indicate maturity, this Auslese needs quite some time to open up and exhibit attractive scents of pineapple, yellow peach and honey. It is smooth and rich on the palate but fortunately a delicate kick of acidity livens up the long and slightly honeyed finish. This is a superb effort made in an Auslese GK style." (03/2013)

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