2005 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese Mosel

SKU #1026139 95 points Wine Enthusiast

 Leesy and sulfury, this wine is fully possessed of the 'Prüm stink', yet equally obvious is its incredible intensity and depth. Waves of tropical fruit--think guava and pineapple--cascade over the palate, yet the sweetness is beautifully balanced by acidity. Tremendously concentrated and long on the finish, this should easily live 20 years or more. (JC)  (6/2007)

95 points Wine Spectator

 Aromas of lilac and hot slate after a rain segue into vivid peach and lime flavors. Has great definition and grace, with resonant energy and something in reserve. Lovely, silky texture. The fine, mineral aftertaste shows its ultimate potential. *Collectables* (BS)  (2/2007)

92-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A 2005 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese imposingly concentrates aromas and flavors of flowers, nut oils, orchard and citrus fruits, and vanilla. Displaying the juxtaposition of creamy, imposingly oily texture with mouth-watering acidity that is a 2005 hallmark chez Joh. Jos. Prum, this Spatlese offers a depth, generosity, and diversity of fruits -- apple, peach, lemon, pineapple -- underlain by wet stone, nut oils, and vanilla, that present a compelling picture of a great site. (DS)  (2/2007)

93 points Vinous

 Pale yellow with green highlights. Enticing aromas of white cherry, yellow plum and toasted almond. Sweet, delicate and creamy on the palate, with sweet herbal essences and a tight, almost pungent acidity. Lemon curd and slate animate a compelling finish of outstanding length. (JBP)  (1/2007)

92 points Wine & Spirits

 Bright and energetic, this shows exotic, spicy notes of papaya, tangerine and lime. It feels cool and minerally under the fragrant fruit, its racy acidity keeping you coming back for more.  (12/2006)

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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.