First Growths at Capital Grille (Capitalle Grille, Mpls, MN): Light-medium gold color. Great intensity on the nose. Others reported sulfur up front, but I did not get that by the time I poured. Very ripe ripe fruit, consistent with the vintage; peach, pineapple, orange, on the nose with spice and minerals. The palate takes over and carries the nose even further, great intensity, orange, intense, crisp, good acid, not overly sweet, deep, orange, peach, long, viscous, ripe and fresh on the finish. Excellent.
Apple, pear, extremely sweet, there is a slight spritzy component to the wine, perhaps secondary fermentation, it's not off-putting but is obviously not supposed to be there. Good wine but not my favorite white to sip on.
Marks duckhouse – La Las, 02 HB, 01 Pavie, CSH, Leflaive, QdC and etc. (Marks duckhouse, Falls Church, Va): Perhaps a blasphemy for J J Prum heads but the appearance of Asti Spumante and taste like one too. Mouthwatering nose displaying pear, key lime pie, lemon oil, a hint of petrol and sweet spices. Excellent concentration, a lot of bubbles, sweet and sour yellow fruit driven palate impression, strong presence of acidity and mineral and medium finish due to spritz. May be mollydooker shake is required. Really like a super delicious Asti Spumante.
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(Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese) A clear green-tinged hue, and with the suggestion of a spritz, as there are quite a few residual carbon dioxide bubbles clinging to the inside of the glass here. A lovely purity on the nose, very expressive and yet bright, fresh and defined, with lime fruit and blackcurrant leaf. There is a suggestion of mineral crunch to it, but the previously noted sulphur has now dissipated. The palate has heart-stopping definition; what I really love about Prüm is that the wines combine weight with grand definition and vivacious, minerally, sherbetty, acid framed lift; this spätlese is no exception. It has such vigour and lift on the palate, and yet this is communicated with delicacy rather than power or form. No longer awkward, instead beautifully defined and rich. This is very fine indeed. Approachable now such is its mealy sherbetty delight, but as I have noted previously it should go for years and years. Fantastic wine.
(Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese) Another pale wine, but again with a typical green tinge to it, and a few bubbles of carbon dioxide clinging to the inside of the glass. There follows quite an intense, smoky-minerally nose, with the fruit well hidden beneath, alongside a trace of sulphur. Delightfully fresh on the palate though, incisive and very determined style on entry, with a marked spritz and a smoky, talcy, chalky mineral feel alongside a nice weight. Firm, lemony, limey, slightly sherbetty fruit in quite an expansive style completes the picture, with a nice, broad, creamy weight. Really very young, slightly awkward yet showing huge potential here. I left some of this 24 hours and it changed remarkably, showing a pure minerality on the nose, and on the palate a laser-like precision, still full of flavour and still with that appealing spritz. This needs years and years - I suspect a decade will pass before this wine hits peak. Wonderful.
(J.J. Prum Wehlener Sonnenhuhr Spatlese) A smorgasbord of apples and slate and an exotic hint of tangelo on the nose. Absolutely brilliant transparent palate chock full of minerals and apples. Great silky texture. Not too much stink on the nose either.
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