2006 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese Mosel

SKU #1035636 94 points Wine Enthusiast

 Some typical Prüm smelly notes are apparent on the nose, but there’s also plenty of pineapple and pear scents, and the flavors really blossom on the palate; honeyed pineapple, melon and slate-like notes are sweet but balanced by tongue-tickling acids. Long on the finish, where it picks up additional mineral overtones. Should come into its own by 2016 and last 20-30 years thereafter.  (3/2009)

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2006 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese shows considerable fermentative overlay from yeast, CO2 and sulfur, so that it took some patience to coax it out from under. Pear, quince, gardenia and honey inform a creamy palate and wafting finish. This lacks the energy of the Himmelreich at present, but its combination of richness with delicacy and the purity of its finishing expression of ennobled fruit speak to a fine future, perhaps three decades or more. (There were two bottlings of this wine -- one this year -- of which I tasted the first, A.P. #16 07.)  (10/2008)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Pale golden yellow. Subdued bouquet of passion fruit, nut oil and acacia blossom. The lusciously sweet tropical fruit flavors are highlighted by a refreshing gingery acidity that keeps the palate light in spite of the wine's density. Although elegant and aristocratic, this auslese is also quite full-bodied, finishing astoundingly long, on a spicy botrytis note.  (2/2008)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Aromatic, offering smoke, slate, peach and floral aromas and picking up a lime accent on the palate. Lighter than air, with a silky texture and a long, tangy aftertaste. There's a nice combination of intensity and delicacy. Drink now through 2030.  (4/2008)

Jancis Robinson

 Note that, as usual, this producer is one vintage behind everyone else. Racy, fine, sleek, well defined and much more exciting that the Graacher Himmelreich. 17/20 pionts.  (6/2008)

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