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2005 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Gold Capsule Auslese (375ml)

SKU #1026658 98 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark *Collectibles* Silky, harmonious and refined, with apricot, apple, lime and mineral aromas and flavors matched to a light-weight frame. Balanced, with its hidden structure evident in the tanginess on the finish and the long, lingering aftertaste of baked apple. Puts it all together. (BS) Inner quote mark (4/2007)

96 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Golden yellow. Christmas fruitcake with nectarine, white raisin and pure botrytis on the nose. High-toned, creamy and rich, with flavors of apricot nectar, fine slate and brown spices, with an elegant floral element. A sublime touch of botrytis adds complexity to the long, mineral finish.This is one of the finest ausleses of the vintage. (JP) Inner quote mark (1/2007)

96 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark No tasting note given. Inner quote mark (4/2007)

K&L Notes

According to Claude Kolm in the Fine Wine Review: "And so we come to what Stuart Pigott has justly called the world's greatest white wine estate. Dr. Manfred Prüm is now assisted by his talented daughter Katharina who, like him, is a lawyer. Dr. Manfred Prüm thinks of his 2005s as a combination of 2004 and 2003, more classic than 2003, and richer than 2004. The harvest here was early, beginning on 6 October, and finished rapidly, contrary to the usual practice of waiting and harvesting late for the top wines... The Wehlener Sonnenuhr Gold Cap Auslese is a step up again in quality with great finesse to its lime fruit. It is not as rich as the Graacher Himmelreich Gold Cap Auslese but deeper and more complex. Similarly, the botrytis doesn't show as much here, but there is lovely acidity and minerality. A wine for your children, if not your grandchildren." (#113, November 2006)

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