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2006 Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr Auslese

SKU #1033578 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The Fritz Haag 2006 Braunebeger Juffer Riesling Auslese delivers a very fresh ripe nectarine fruit, creaminess, nut oil richness, and distinct slate. Its amazing vivacity, vivid juiciness, and only moderate sense of sweetness trace back at least in part no doubt to its very high acidity. But this also demonstrates that uncanny lightness-despite-concentration that is at the heart of so many of the best 2006s. This luscious, pure, levitating Auslese is like the extension of the Kabinett. Furthermore, it represents another exceptional value from the under-rated (even by its owners!) Juffer. It should be worth following for 30-40 years, even though it is practically irresistible already.  (10/2008)

K&L Notes

From one of Germany's greatest estates known for its exceptional terroir, the 2006 Riesling Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr is made with approximately 20% botrytis fruit. It boasts focused slate, yellow peach, tangerine, raspberry and strawberry fruits on both the nose and palate. Rich with lime-like acidity and great minerality on the finish. Still compact and young, with wine's got amazing potential.

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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.