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Community Tasting Notes (52) Avg Score: 90.1 points

  • Lovely. Have not had many German Rieslings, especially this old. Bought at release, cellared. Tastes young and vibrant. Lovely floral nose. Good weight and acidity, a little sweetness. Floral, fruity, mineral. Very nice, and it seems like it could keep in the cellar for quite a bit longer.

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  • The unbearable lightness of being. How cans o little be so perfectly so much. Granted we are talking kabinett depth here, but still this is still quite firm with great balance. Borders on the trocken side at times and this adds a nice touch of acidity. Primary still and with lots of fruit on the nose, light petrolly and very mineral. A touch of a bitter note on the finish spoils a little bit of the flow but this is just a delightful wine to enjoy and at a great time in its life. We got the feeling that this can go on for many years more. 91-92 and just a joy.

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  • Day 3 of the opening of the 20 May bottle (see earlier notes).

    The wine has become even more rounded. It still carries with it the amazingly long and minerally finish but the nose and the fruits are pretty much all gone.

    In summary, based on 3 days of drinking, this wine should be consumed in the next 5 years or so to enjoy its beautiful harmony of floral, fruity notes and minerality. But the structure of the wine should last for the next 10 years at least given ideal storage conditions.

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  • Day 2 of the opening of the 20 May bottle (see earlier notes).

    Similar colour as yesterday. On the nose, similar intensity but the fruity and floral notes have taken more of a backseat today. Wehlener Sonnenuhr's minerally, salty slate has come out. The slightest hint of oxidation after 14 hours in a bottle. Precise. I can wear this scent as a cologne.

    A wow on the palate. More rounded. Again, fruits down and minerals have come right up. But so long. Kabinett does not get much better than this.

    Reluctantly, the last third of the bottle goes back into the fridge.

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  • Day 1 of the opening of the bottle. Brilliant.

    Pale lemon in colour but still has a green tinge to it. Medium+ nose of cool fruits, lemon, lime, hints of jasmine, minerals and the trademark petro notes. Lovely transparency. Almost ethereal.

    Just a touch of the weight of some residual sugar on the palate. Medium+ acidity at least, nearly as piercing as a Salon at first. Then, the acidity mellowed and integrated better but still ballerina like. Dancing.

    More lemon and lime juice and rind on the palate. And minerals too. So elegant. Very kabinett, very JJ Prum. Medium+ polished finish. Can still taste the mouthwatering lime and minerals after 30 seconds. Clean and already quite harmonious. Very fine. Drinking beautifully now but still only adolescent. A most perfect match with a vegetarian stir-fry and a bowl of organic brown rice, which is what I am having.

    Will taste the unfinished bottle again in a couple days. So hard to put it back into the fridge.

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  • By Joel B. Payne
    January/February 2006, IWC Issue #124, (See more on Vinous...)

    (Joh. Jos. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett) Subscribe to see review text.


  • By Chris Kissack
    June 2008, (See more on Winedoctor...) 16-16.5+ points

    (Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett) Despite four years this is still wearing a little sulphur. A nice style is evident underneath it though. Rather complete in character, gentle, plainly very young and in need of cellar time. But there is much appealing quality here.

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