Joh. Jos. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese 2011 375ml

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 For centuries the Prüm family has lived and made wine in the village of Wehlen. Their ancestors were living in or near Wehlen as early as the year 1156. Today Manfred Prüm runs his family's historic estate impeccably. Some of the greatest, most long-lived wines of Germany are made at J.J. Prum. The 55 acre estate consists of about 90% ungrafted, old vines. Holdings are in the best parts of the top Middle-Mosel sites: Wehlener Sonnenuhr, Graacher Himmelreich, Zeltinger Sonnenuhr, Bernkasteler Lay and Bernkasteler Badstube. Plantings of the estate are 100% Riesling on steeply sloping Devon schist soil. Average annual production is about 15,000 cases. The harvest at J.J. Prüm is always extremely late. This allows the Riesling grapes in the cool Middle Mosel climate to be picked at ideal ripening conditions, the basis to produce wines of superb quality.
Category Dessert Wine
Varietal
Country Germany
Region Mosel-Saar-Ruwer
Brand Joh. Jos. Prum
Alcohol/vol 7.5%
  • wa94

Wine AdvocateA yeasty, smoky prickle as well as the effect of dissolved CO2 causes the nose to wrinkle from a glass of Prum's 2011 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese A.P. #18, but behind that are heliotrope and lily-of-the-valley along with ripe apple, pear and melons that in turn inform a delicate, subtly creamy palate of striking transparency to stony, crystalline, alkaline and smoky black tea and liquid floral nuances. This shimmers and excites even as it soothes in a lingering, uplifting, glowing finish. It will certainly merit attention for the better part of a half century.

David Schildknecht, April 2013
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Wine SpectatorDelicate and elegant, with anise and tarragon accents to the crisp apple, grapefruit and ripe citrus flavors. Crystalline notes of mineral and granite put this into relief. Light and airy on the broad finish. Drink now through 2032.

Kim Marcus, February 28, 2013
  • we92

Wine EnthusiastYellow freesia and sweet peach abound in this deeply floral, fruity auslese. Feather light in texture, yet deeply concentrated in flavor, it's penetratingly sweet yet finishes with a flurry of crushed minerals and lime-pith astringency.

Anna Lee Iijima, December 1, 2013

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