Cork broke during opening, so this was decanted. Needed about 30 minutes of air to blow off the funk and really get going. This is a spectacular spatlese, extremely complex with tons of earthy slate and herbal pine, hints of spice, some petrol, still plenty of candied lime, soft apple, and dried pineapple fruit. Earthy slatey but silky midpalate extract, with subtle, airy power building to a long fruity finish. Gorgeous, and everything you'd expect from a great producer and a great vineyard in a great year. Reminds me a lot of the 2005 I had a year or so ago, except with the added maturity.
This bottle, sourced from Winebid a few years ago, was much fresher and better than my previous bottle.
AP#1-92. Dinner at Mom's house. A bottle I gave Mom last year. Drunk slightly too warm and a crumbly cork but still excellent. Green apples, slate, pears. Not showing the glow of fruit on the palate but this may have been the temperature. Nice acidity and a long finish. A wine that continues to drink really well with many more years to go on this drinking plateau. I think I'm under rating this bottle. 50+13+12+8+8=91
AP #1. Dark golden color. Nose shows a mixture of applesauce, diesely earth, and pine/grass/herbal character. A big wine, quite rich and dense although not extremely powerful, but the acid and sugar are totally integrated so it's now quite round, and the extract is very smooth, with none of that drying botrytal character older rieslings sometimes get. This bottle was very mature and lacked a little freshness and energy, but was quite good and interesting nonetheless. I have one more from a different source and am curious to see if it shows similarly.
Heat damaged. Dark gold in colour, and rather flat on the palate. Still shows some of the honeyed and floral elements I'd expect from this wine, but the fruit has a stewed character to it, instead of the freshness and vibrancy that I'd expect from a '90 Prum. So sad. (Acquired from the recent Chambers German cellar.)
Acme Annual Heirloom Tomato Dinner with Steve, Barb & Mom. AP #1-92. Medium yellow in the glass with an effusive nose of green apples and yellow fruits. All burnished fruit and minerality on the palate. In an absolutely perfect place right now but should plateau for two or three more decades. Sensation of fruit floating on the palate. Long peacocks tail finish that reveals more and more as it goes. Wonderful with the tomato plate appetizer. 50+14+15+9+9=97
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(Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese) The colour here suggests nothing out of the ordinary, being a fairly pale golden yellow, although it is perhaps a little richer and less green than many of the Mosel wines I have tried recently. Powerful and intense aromas on the nose, which has a classic petrol fume character, although this soon closes down and is then dominated by youthful, intense, sweet lime pastille fruit. Real style on the palate, though, which has glorious balance, with a sweet and round texture and delightful, subtle yet tingling acidity. There's a mealy, branny, honeyed yet fresh aspect coming in with quite a flourish on the midpalate, with more classic petrol fumes, and some spice as well. This is a real treat for the senses. A rich finish, and what a length - it just goes on and on! This is just glorious stuff.
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