This is drinking beautifully right now. It's in a mid-maturity phase, and while further development is likely, it would be a shame to miss the crystalline purity of the wine at this point in its evolution. Apple, lemon cream and puff pastry aromas are just the beginning, as spice and citrus zest elements emerge with air, and provide additional complexity. Moderate acids balance a mid weight palate presence, and result in a wine that is eminently drinkable, and in fact quaffable, which is a feat for Auslese (though no feat for Prum). Delicious.
Beautiful aromatics of ripe pear, tarte tatin, touch of smoke and minerality. It’s medium+ bodied medium+ sweetness with medium+ acidity and a long finish. A great Wehlener Sonnenuhr from this top-notch producer.
6th of 12 - very pale, very pure and spritzy, some honey, light and simple as yet on palate, but lovely balance - all elements present for fab bottle in 2 or 3 years...currently fine (17.5/20) be should become very fine.
Agree with Grape Juices note: drinking nicely, overt sweetness gone, mild petrol that recedes with a light airing, easy drinking and very pleasant, but without signature MSR/JJ Prum intensity, no doubt due to vintage conditions in '99. Still, for $20, fine value.
PnP. Very light golden. Delicate aromas of kerosene, bright lemon and peach fruits with soft, elegant notes of mineral, crushed rock and lily flower. This light - medium bodied Auslese is subtle on the palate with great delineation as well as brightness. However, it lacks of the intensity of an Auslese. Medium length finished lingering with honey lemon and liquid mineral.
Apple pie and a hint of lime, minerality, notes of botrytis (hint of rubber band) and a beguiling aroma of sweet sweat as it opens up. Sweet compared to some salami but not quite sweet enough to stand up to a lemon curd dessert (it tasted dry and petrol-like). I think this is better on its own or might work well with spicy food?
Still rather sweet, but the sweetness diminishes rapidly now after opening the bottle, giving, with a little air time, a nicely-balanced, well-made, medium-bodied MSR from the WS vineyard. Seems a tad broad for an MSR AL, but perhaps this feature is a '99 thing. Anyway, nowhere near decline, but rewarding to open now.
Post-petrol, pleasantly plump with ideal sweetness for lightly-spiced Asian food; not complex, not the most filigreed WS I've had, but a thoroughly good drink of class and distinction. Still a bit fizzy on opening, but drink without fear.
Served blind. Decanted. Pale colour. Nose of fairly steely lime fruit and a touch of petrol. Quite austere initially. Either german or austrian riesling on the nose. Palate confirms a german style, but could it be a late harvest sylvaner? Maybe something from the Franken? Really surprised when I'm shown the bottle as I'd have expected it to be sweeter but it must have a massive dose of acidity to cover the ripeness. More of a wine for enjoying on its own or as an aperitif than with pudding, but as one drinks through the bottle this starts to open up to show a stunning line and lovely transparency. Effortlessly long, light, laser-like precision, this is very good indeed. Class will out. ***(*)
This was really singing tonight. Perfectly harmonious and elegant wine, some petrol on the nose, just the right balance of sweetness, minerality and acidity. Has calmed down and integrated somewhat since I last had it. Superb.
Damn I need more Riesling in the cellar. Huge petrol and slate on the nose. But the palate was all lightly sweet apple, pear, orange, and white flowers. Drying chalk and gravel on the palate as well. Tasted out of a magnum. Nice acidity. Started the night off nicely and was a nice finish as well.
Maybe I'm expecting too high from this aged Riesling and eventually a little bit disappointed. It is certainly not bad. The nose is a bit muted and not as perfumed as I hoped. It has ripe citrus, honeysuckle, wax, petrol and floral nose. The wine is balanced with good minerality. Medium and nice aftertaste.
Oh the joys of semi-aged Rieslings. Elsa and I brought this to Rebecca and Vincent's to have along with some Windsor Blue Cheese, and it was absolutely lovely. The nose showed pears, apricots and peaches, along with honeysuckle, nectar and little white flowers. The kerosene I expected only came up more obviously on the palate, along with a little rubbery tone. There was a nice amount of botrytised sweetness here, with some figs adding to the fruit flavours and a little stream of mineral running alongside. This may not be as alive and penetrating as an Auslese from one of the great vintages, but it was superbly integrated, really well textured and nicely balanced. Fine and creamy, it had a little sparkle of acidity that kept it going well into its super long finish that just hung on the palate with kerosene, fruits and flowers. Immensely enjoyable, especially with the cheese.
Rieslings and Rhones at Spoon Thai (Chicago, IL): An elegant, slightly quiet nose shows flowers, white fruits and slate over faint herbal notes and hints of sulphur. Light to medium bodied in the mouth with a little spritz, bright sweet white fruits and slatey minerals. Slightly sweet with moderate acidity and a medium length finish.
A pair of birthday wines: The nose shows a touch of kerosene in the foreground, with slate, honey and botrytis also present. The palate has lovely balance with medium sweetness and cleansing, fresh acid. Medium length. A little bit simple perhaps, but so charming and drinkable. Drink over the next 5 years.
Day 1: pleasantly sweet in a grapey MSR way with a bit of petrol. There's a sense of Wehlener filagree, but the whole too light for the JJ Prum pedigree. Seems to hit a floor, as if still closed, despite the petrol. Day 2, giving more complexity, more interesting to drink - depth and texture along with the sweetness. There's still a sense of holding back. I am not wise in the ways of aged riesling, but my guess is that this wine is still many years from maturity. B.
Straw yellow in color. Popped and poured a small glass, while decanting the rest. Bit of sulfur on the nose at first, with nice palate of lemon. As time progressed and air worked its wonders, the sulfur disappeared, exposing a nice nose of minerality and lemon merange (sp?) with lemon and some pineapple on the palate. Nice mouthfeel, nice acidity and a medium finish that reminded me of sour, green apple. CB: not as sweet as most Auslese I've tried. I thought it was a Spatlese or even a Kabinett at first.
Imagine a pile of elderflowers and pineapples being crushed on the forecourt of a petrol station, and you'll get the idea of what this wine smells like. Already developing secondary characteristics, it is nonetheless fresh, with a slight spritziness and very pleasant slightly oily texture. For an Auslese it's not very sweet - leaning towards Spatlese, but a charming wine that was consumed rather quickly.
Drank half on Tuesday, poured off the other half into a 375 and corked it until Friday. Very smooth, excellent flavor. Some peach and grapefruit on the nose, with peach and mineral flavor. No bite. Excellent with aged Gouda and good with the spicy pasta in sausage sauce. The second day there was definately burnt matchstick in the nose and the sweetness seemed stronger. I liked it better Tuesday, but it was still excellent on Friday.