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2019 Willi Schaefer Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese Mosel

SKU #1510660 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2019 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese is intense, fresh and pure on the deep and complex yet highly refined, flinty, aromatic and tropical nose. Noble on the palate, this is a dense yet subtle, buoyant and piquant Auslese with a highly refined raisin aroma and perfectly balanced sweetness, thanks to its delicately racy acidity and lightness. This is a beautifully digestible Auslese. 7.5% alcohol. Tasted from AP 18 20 in June 2020. 2019 is a great vintage for this tiny icon producer in Graach. Christoph and Andrea Schaefer were even able to select a (dry) Grosses Gewächs from the Himmelreich, and I am curious to taste the result as soon as possible. However this wine will show, the sweet predicates are hard to beat. They are absolutely brilliant and possibly include some of the finest I have tasted here. Just look at the several selections from the family's Domprobst holdings! A great Kabinett, three highly finessed Spätlesen, three savory Auslesen and even a Beerenauslese! Namely, Schaefer's Spätlesen (Domprobst #5 and #10) and Auslesen (Domprobst #14 and Himmelreich) are extraordinary, and you don't have to go to the auction in Trier in September to prove it. Due to the cold autumn and the healthy grapes, there was even time to sort for a Beerenauslese in the Domprobst, which is another highlight of the vintage and based entirely on healthy yet overripe grapes. The 2019 Prädikatsweine show Willi Schaefer at its very best. (SR) Inner quote mark (8/2020)

K&L Notes

97pts Mosel Fine Wines: "AP: 18 20. The 2019er Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese offers a highly aromatic, fruit-driven, and perfumed nose of William’s pear, pineapple juice, apricot, passion fruit, banana flambé, honeyed peach, and melon, all wrapped into some white mint and a hint of toffee. The wine is superbly sweet, unctuous, and delicately smooth on the beautifully layered and intense palate. A tickly touch of acidity adds a gorgeous sensation of lightness to the nicely energetic and intense finish. This may be a comparatively opulent and rich expression of Auslese, at least by the Estate’s standards, as it flirts with BA presence. It proves no less fascinating and will be a pure joy to drink at maturity. 2034-2069." (06/2020)

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