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2004 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese, Joh. Jos. Prüm


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1 Bottle




"Elegant aromas of bing cherry, apple blossom and roasted hazelnut. Sweet, delicate and nonetheless creamy on the palate, with suggestions of sweet herbs and a touch of vanilla. Lemon curd and slate animate the compelling finish of this classy wine." Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(IWC, 01/01/2006)

Rating: 92

"When tasted in August, the 2004 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese A.P. #13 (or another, similar lot - because I was tasting them without benefit of identifying A.P. numbers) was richer in texture and more complex in flavors - if more restrained in their expression - than its Graach counterpart. Tasted in November, this A.P. #13 displayed significantly more sheer intensity. The aroma of cinnamon, honeysuckle, and vanilla-tinged watermelon and apple leads to a mouth-coating, rich yet delicate palate with nut oil, vanilla, and wet stones underlying the wine's exuberant, juicy fruit. Vividly fresh apple and melon along with salted lime, nut paste, honey, and wet stones inform a persistent finish and complete a picture balancing ripeness and considerable overt sweetness with delicacy and lift that is typical for the long-lived wines of this estate. There tend to be multiple Prüm bottlings of a given combinations of site and Pradikat, but I am never privy to an overview of these. To sin on the side of safety, I have noted the A.P. # for wines I tasted from bottle, but Manfred Prüm routinely seeks to assure me that any alternate bottlings will not differ substantially from those I have tasted, and consistent excellence - like ageworthiness - has long been a hallmark of Joh. Jos. Prüm Rieslings. Picking this year - until the middle of December - culminated in Eiswein harvests several days earlier than the vast majority of those essayed in 2004. I did not have opportunity to taste the embryonic results of those pickings, nor did I taste Prüm's 2004s from Bernkastel and Zeltingen sites." David Schildknecht, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate #163
(WA, 02/01/2006)

Rating: 92

"Reduced aromas overall, this is unevolved and angular now. It's rich and intense, with bracing acidity that leaves a tart impression. Be patient, this is a baby that needs plenty of time. Best from 2008 through 2025. 2,000 cases made." Wine Spectator
(WS, 03/31/2006)

Rating: 92
Drink from: 2008-2025

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