2009 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese Mosel

SKU #1062954 94 points Wine & Spirits

 Vivid and pure, this is archetypal Sonnenuhr in its mineral character, the slate aromas thoroughly saturating the sleek flavors of tangerine and white peach. It expands on the palate with an elegant dimension and depth, intensely expressive and quietly complete.  (4/2011)

94 points Wine Spectator

 A decadent style, with tropical fruit flavors of mango and guava that drip with plenty of butter and spice notes. A rich anise and glazed apricot strain runs through the aroma to the finish. Distinctive and powerful. (KM)  (4/2011)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 An almost confectionary sense of sweetness and ripeness pervades the Prum 2009 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spatlese, making it something of an exception in a vintage collection generally noteworthy for the restraint of residual sugar. Apple candy, caramel, and vanilla mingle on a creamy palate, with hints of salt, stone, and apple pit happily offering some counterpoint in a long and otherwise soothing finish. This showed more grip as it opened, and perhaps time will lend more cut and complexity to a Spatlese that on the basis of track record is likely to thrive for another quarter century or more. Incidentally, this represents the first of three lots of “regular” Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spatlese, the last of which was still in tank in September. (DS)  (12/2010)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Elegant bouquet of pineapple, pine nuts and lemon oil. Luscious papaya fruit is given a crisp quality by the wine's refreshing mineral character. Deceptively light and wonderfully drinkable, this spätlese is just plain fun. (JP)  (1/2011)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 Light-bodied and lithe, this is not as fruity or flashy as many of its brethren from this vintage. Instead, it offers mineral complexity only slightly buffered by notes of ripe apples and stone fruit, and a long, citrusy finish. Give it some time in the cellar, where it should blossom in another 5–7 years. (JC)  (6/2011)

Jancis Robinson

 Very rich and pure and direct. Stunning value – this is one of the world’s great wines! Like the most rewarding cold shower for the palate. Medium dry but beautifully balanced. 17.5/20 points (JR)  (9/2015)

K&L Notes

Much more giving and open than the kabinett at this point. Hints of white peach, gray slate, and raspberry define this one. Going to be a real stunner!

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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 Prädikat levels to describe their ripeness at harvest. These are: Kabinett, Spätlese, 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.


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