Thirteen months since the last one, this seeming, at first, a little fresher (on the nose) than I'd expected. Still some spritzig, med>med dark gold, but still with good reflection. The petrol is deeply woven between folds of ripe melon, white pepper, freshly cut apples, bees wax, wet stones and spice. Full-bodied, with good acids and deep flavors of spice, apple, honey and citrus. Medium finish; flavors linger, gently. Closer to very good than good; fully mature, no reason to wait. I may pour off 200ml and check back on it in a few nights, just to see. 8,0% abv
Aerated to decanter for 2 hours, returned to bottle and served 4 hours later with goose pâté
#14-07. Slightly advanced yellow colour. Classic Pruem nose, with a hint of salted caramel, honey, and white peach, though this time around, the famous sulphur nose is much more muted. Very, very sweet on the palate, with just a light hint of effervescence. A somewhat bizarre and disjointed bottle of Auslese. Everything is there: the minerality, the sweetness, the acidity, but it doesn't seem to hold together at all, as if you were tasting each component separately. Perhaps a hint of pineapple on the palate as well. Medium-length slightly astringent finish. Serve this bottle a little on the cold side; it does get a little flabby.
PnP served non-blind over 2 nights, both showing equally well. As before, this comes across more as a Spatlese than an Auslese. Avg complexity and length, this is one for short and mid-term enjoyment. I dare say it's at least half way into its window, which reminds me I need to shorten the (my own) window from 2022 to 2018. Quite delicious, if not overly complex on the nose, it proves a solid companion to food, but is equally good on its own. 8,0% abv, thru 2018
Slow-O 1 hour, consumed over the next hour. Medium toward light straw color. White peach, wet stone, white floral, coriander, lychee. Medium-full bodied, with plenty of sweetness, but also a healthy amount of acidity. Nothing overly complex, and I'm a touch concerned with the ageing potential as I couldn't help but notice a fair amount of flab about the midsection at times. Drink thru 2022, 8% abv
AP #14-07. Opened several hours ahead of time to let the sulfur clear, and this is a really remarkable wine as this shows none of the heavy richness or botrytis I've seen in almost every higher-pradikat bottling in 06; instead the bright pineapple/other tropical fruit flavours come across as incredibly light and precise with faint touches of honey and flowers adding complexity, and an intense slatey mineral character underneath. There's a bright acid spine here that balances the sweetness very well and keeps it very elegant and light, to the point that it's shockingly food friendly for an '06 Auslese.