Hmm, this was a tough one. I'm an ardent fan of JJ Prum's wines and I probably should have known better than to open this guy so young. I know it sounds almost cliche, but especially a Prum GK really does need more than four years.
I was somewhat surprised by the complete absence of any sulfur notes at this young age. Very up-front and somewhat two dimensional. Very prominent fruit and acid (typical of 2010) but not a whole lot of supporting flavor structure. Compare this with Selbach-Oster's 2010 Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Auslese** or Prum's Wehlener AGK that both seem kaleidoscopic next to this.
Just to underscore, this is not a bad wine by any stretch of the imagination, just uninteresting compared to other wines in its price range. I will be saving my second bottle for many years as see how it fleshes out.
Many people consider Auslese as a desert wine only, but I have found that it is an excellent before dinner wine with cheese, crackers and nuts. This wine in particular with its depth of fruit that is not present in the typically good quality Auslese made it particularly suitable as a dinner party starter. The color was light gold. Even young it had an noticable bouquet. The flavor was sweet but the fruit elements were particularly intense. At some point I will compare a gold cap to a regular Auslese, it might be interesting.
double blind. 8% alcohol. AP#2 576 511 10 11. cleary a riesling, but i thought it was more mature. it's a very fine wine worth cellaring, and understand it's a first edition, but it's not an opulent wine as some of the 05 goldkaps i have tasted at similar age. follow up: i've been a bit remiss in the cleanup department for this event, so now four days later i'm getting ready to throw the bottle away and notice there is still a couple of ounces left. it's been sitting out uncorked at room temperature. pretty tasty if not somewhat sweeter than wednesday night.
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