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 Vintage1983 Label 1 of 22 
TypeWhite - Off-dry
ProducerJoh. Jos. Prüm (web)
DesignationAuslese Goldkapsel
VineyardWehlener Sonnenuhr
RegionMosel Saar Ruwer

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2000 and 2018 (based on 4 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See J.J. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese GK on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 93.5 pts. and median of 94 pts. in 15 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Rupert on 5/13/2016: Boys' lunch (The Ledbury, London): Full-throttle petrol nose, huge, fat, fruit pastille-sweetness on the palate, this is spectacular (294 views)
 Tasted by tinybubbles on 4/8/2016 & rated 93 points: Light honey, honeysuckle, tangerine peel, and ripe melon. A slightly thinner presentation that the last bottle I had, but nice persistence and finish on the palate. (351 views)
 Tasted by taiwan on 3/30/2016 & rated 90 points: Classic diesel nose, well balanced. (406 views)
 Tasted by tinybubbles on 9/17/2015 & rated 94 points: Honey, tangerine, faint petrol, light metallic notes, apricot, clementine peel and some oxidative notes on the nose. Notes of fresh vanilla with air time. Clementine, orange peel, dried apricot, a caramel backpalate, and a long caramelized pineapple finish with notes of butterscotch. The palate begins with initial sweetness and light acid but then the acid recedes. A very nice bottle of this wine. 94+ (973 views)
 Tasted by fclarity on 11/15/2014 & rated 94 points: Tasted blind from a bottle with great provenance, this wine had a bright, deep yellow center and clear rims. The medium+ intensity nose showed petroleum (in an attractive way), lemon, and Riesling funk. I have never had a wine (including prior bottles of this very wine) before with such a pronounced petroleum nose.

In the mouth, this was lighter bodied at first but developed well with air to be ripe and rich with good balance. It was clearly Auslese weight.

This appears to be drinking well with several hours of air. Enjoy! (1521 views)
 Tasted by salil on 2/21/2014 flawed bottle: Rieslingfeier 2014 - BYOB Main event (Rouge Tomate, NYC): Corked. How sad. (2909 views)
 Tasted by fclarity on 8/17/2013 & rated 94 points: From an absolutely pristine bottle (fill up to cork), this wine had a great deep yellow (no gold) color with clear rims. The nose was pretty muted at first but developed nicely to show lemon, pear, kiwi, and slate.

In the mouth this was rich but a little flabby at first. It became attractively "mouth-watering" but never developed the sneaky acidity I was expecting UNTIL it aired for 3+ hours.

Just like a great White Burg, this wine needed lots of air time to show its character. Afterward, the nose moved up to medium+ intensity and became riveting. Add marzipan to the flavors mentioned above. The acidity also built nicely with air to buttress the rich fruit.

This was a very impressive wine given the appropriate attention. While it will clearly last for a decade+, I would tend to drink it now unless you favor the tobacco notes that tend to develop with age (and can be nice too). Outstanding! (2564 views)
 Tasted by curtr on 6/29/2013 & rated 93 points: My final bottle. In very good condition. A bit effervescent, golden color, still holding up. Much better than my last bottle. I enjoyed the character that emerges as the sweetness recedes. (2624 views)
 Tasted by Seth Rosenberg on 2/16/2013: Rieslingfeier - BYOB Main Event (Rouge Tomate, NYC): AP #9-87. Medium yellow - lighter in weight than I would expect. Some raved over this - It thought it was good but not amazing. Very spicy nose - dark with figs. Lots of bright acidity on the palate- young and peachy. (3083 views)
 Tasted by salil on 2/15/2013 & rated 96 points: Rieslingfeier - Collector's Dinner (Eleven Madison Park, NYC): Oh, wow. The aromatics immediately suggest something much sweeter, honeyed and almost candied in contrast to the regular Auslese; the fruit seems riper and more intense here, more peachy with tinges of marzipan and lemon candy around it, and there's such complexity with endless layers of fruit, honey, flowers and mature smoky, creamy and burnished flavour elements. The balance and finesse here are absolutely stunning, and even though it's much riper than the regular Auslese, it still retails that sense of sheer drinkability that makes these wines so thrilling and compelling. (2695 views)
 Tasted by lepetitchateau on 5/28/2011 & rated 94 points: deep lanolin nose and lovely texture (2393 views)
 Tasted by j45 on 1/8/2010 flawed bottle: Corked. There was much dismay. (2479 views)
 Tasted by curtr on 12/9/2008 & rated 90 points: This was either an off bottle or the wine is drying out. It has been 5 years since I last tasted the wine. The underlying character was still present in a lighter version. The lean nature hurt the experience. Breath 45 minutes. (2619 views)
 Tasted by trankin on 5/15/2007 & rated 94 points: SOBER Tasting (JG's place): Surprisingly light yellow in color. Elegant, gentle nose with nice fruit. Beautiful and youthful on the palate. Spritz acids, apple notes, lemon meringue. Excellent. (3183 views)
 Tasted by winefool on 8/24/2006 & rated 96 points: Bill Randolph Great Older Rieslings (Jim & Gaby's): Golden deep caramel color. Medium piercing aroma of honeyed mineral with petrol hints. Mmmn. Lovely deep rich structured but balance yellow fruit. Great depth and complexity. At first blush I preferred the 1976 Prum pretty clearly, but over the evening, this really opened up to take the cake. Consensus WOTN. 96 pts. (3603 views)

Professional 'Channels'
By John Gilman
View From the Cellar, May/Jun 2015, Issue #57, Weingut Johann Joseph Prüm One Of the Wine World’s Greatest Estates
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By Jean Fisch and David Rayer
Mosel Fine Wines, Maturing Mosel: the 1980s, Issue #15 (4/1/2011)
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By Jean Fisch and David Rayer
Mosel Fine Wines, Mar 2009, Issue No 5
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (5/16/2003)
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By Lyle Fass
Rockss and Fruit (11/7/2007)
(J.J. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese Goldkapsule) This was mystifying and sensational and incredibly transformative wine. Of course when it was poured it was too young and need some major time in the glass to fully reveal itself. The nose was confectionary with cotton candy, rock candy, key lime, ripe apricot and that wonderful slate. An opulent nose that led to an even more opulent palate. Rich and detailed with many layers and great acidity. Like a pillow on the midpalate that explodes into streams of mineral-infused Riesling fruit with obvious but delicate botrytis flavors. Long precise finish. Really took 45 minutes but once it did open it was astonishing. Honestly if I had a good stash of this I would not open another bottle for 5-10 years. When it was just opened I was shocked at how tight it was. Ya know what else struck me about the bottle was the neck label read Robert Chadderdon Selections. Did not know he imported Prum for a bit.
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Joh. Jos. Prüm

Producer website | Importer website | More information on Prüm Goldkapsel wines

It may be of help to users of this site if the AP number is recorded with every tasting note.


Varietal character (Appellation America) | A short history of Riesling (Uncork) | Riesling (wikipedia)

Auslese Goldkapsel

"Goldkapsel" is a gold cap. It is SOMETIMES used as an unofficial, internal quality level mainly for Auslese. There are many exceptions to this rule, and if you want to look foolish exclaim 'ah, a goldkap' wine for an example for which such makes absolutely no difference, as all Ausleses from that estate and vineyard have gold tops. A good example is Dönnhoff.

Auslese Goldkapsel for an estate using this designation is usually richer, sweeter, and more expensive than the ordinary version. Often it is more botrytis-affected too. The term is never mentioned on the label, but the Goldkapsule bottlings are identified by the gold cap only.

Some producers use the gold capsule as a signal of a bottle of superior quality, some not. A gold cap can mean a sweeter or a botrytis affected 'dessert' style wine here, without any claim of superior quality. Good example is Molitor (Mosel).

As a refinement on the above, for some estates there are more than one gold capsule wine in a category, such as Auslese or Eiswein or even Spätlese. When this occurs the only sure means of identification is the AP number appearing on each bottle of quality wine (Qualitätswein) since 1971. Sometimes there are long gold capsule wines (LGK for short), too, which may be difficult to distinguish except if one happens to have a sample of each type of bottle to do a direct comparison. Here too the AP number can help if you have a list of what was put out under what number.

All this happens frequently enough to make it desirable to have a list of every AP number used by every bottler in every vintage year, but as far as I know this is not available, nor is it likely to be anytime soon. Sometimes the producer website can help, and another help is often David Schildknecht when he was reviewing for the Wine Advocate, who tried to list all AP numbers where there is likely to be a need for them. I see that he has continued that policy at Vinous. jht

Wehlener Sonnenuhr

Sonnenuhr errichtet 1842 durch Jodocus Prüm; Lage trägt Namen seit Beginn des 20. Jahrhunderts. Optimale Süd-Süd-West-Exposition, Steilheit bis zu 60%, gute Wasserversorgung. Faktoren bieten beste Reifebedingungen, sind Grundlage für Erzeugung von Weinen von besonderer Eleganz, Feinheit & Ausdruck.

Devonschiefer-Verwitterungsboden; in other words, a light friable (easily breakable) greyish-blue slate with some ferric muddiness between layers. Source--personal observation of site

Exact position on weinlagen.info


Wines of Germany | The Association of German Prädikat Wine Estates (VDP) | How to read a German wine label | Geographical Information Down to Single Vineyards

#2014 Vintage Notes:
2014 Vintage Report by Terry Theise
2014 Vintage Report by Wine Spectator
"My gut still tells me the Saar (and to some extent) the Ruwer are better overall in 2014 than the more storied areas of the Mosel proper, but those that spent the requisite time living in their middle-Mosel vineyards made some of the most electric and "feathery" Riesling in a long time (maybe the finest in 20 years - yes, it's true!)" - Jon Rimmerman (Of course only a very short historical memory would call the Saar and Ruwer less 'storied' than the middle Mosel - jht)

Mosel Saar Ruwer

Starting in 2007 the German wine authorities have changed labeling laws to rename all of the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer wines to just "Mosel." This puts this and other database driven sites in a difficult spot, as millions of old wine label reflect the former labeling. As described here, CellarTracker has elected to remain with the old labeling for a number of years to avoid confusion. At some point we will switch over to just "Mosel" but not for a few years at least.
Mosel WeinKulturland (Moselwein e.V.)

Detailed geographical information at weinlagen.info

#2014 Vintage Notes:
"The heterogeneity of the 2014 vintage carries over onto the aging process. The top wines start to close down, as one would expect from these wines which are a remake of those from the 1990s. The wines affected by gin, saffron and mushroom flavors are still comparatively open and offer a not unattractive Scheurebe styled fruit opulence. We would opt to drink up these lesser wines except for the odd bottle and bury the little treasures of the vintage deep into the cellar." - Mosel Fines Wines, No. 30, March 2016

#2013 Vintage Notes:
"The fruity-styled 2013 wines have firmed up significantly since last year and start to show signs of closing down, making the underlying acidity seemingly sharp and out of balance. The better dry wines have come out of their earlt armor of smoke and tannin but the acidity may prove quite challenging. Quite frankly, except for some smaller bottlings, this is a vintage to lay down and wait." - Mosel Fines Wines, No. 27, March 2015

#2012 Vintage Notes:
"The 2012 wines have put on some flesh and go through a 'fattier' phase which is not unlike what the 2007 went through at the same period. However, the zestier acidity cuts through this 'weight' and makes the wines thoroughly enjoyable at this early stage. In particular the fruity Kabinett and Spatlese as well as the off-dry and dry wines offer much pleasure. We expect these wines to close down over the coming year or two. Enjoy while it lasts!" - Mosel Fines Wines, No. 27, March 2015

#2011 Vintage Notes:
"A bit to our surprise, the 2011 wines have shut down and go through a quite difficult and muted phase now. Their low acidity combined with their maturity makes them feel rich, opulent and often bulky, and thus not really enjoyable. We expect that these will need at least a decade to integrate their sweetness and gain in harmony. The only exception is the dry wines, whose low acidity makes for great food companionship." - Mosel Fines Wines, No. 27, March 2015

#2010 Vintage Notes:
"After a mellower period in 2012, many 2010 wines have firmed up and developed a stronger smoky side. However, most continue to shine through their fruit opulence, structure and deliciously zesty but ripe acidity. This suits in particular the off-dry bottlings, which have more charm than the legally dry wines. Will these wines close down? Actually, the softening acidity makes us wonder now but it also provides further evidence that these wines will turn out harmonious after all." - Mosel Fines Wines, No. 27, March 2015

#2009 Vintage Notes:
"Most 2009 wines have closed down, which accentuates their round and soft side forward. Many can still be quite enjoyable but the times of primary fruit with its attractive aromatic expression and a generous acidic kick are now over. Except for the dry wines, we would definitely recommend keeping your hands off any bottle in your cellar and possibly buying more wines from this vintage on the market as these are true gems in the making." - Mosel Fines Wines, No. 27, March 2015

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