Great wine with great friends (Long Island): Riesling was my foray into white wines and they will always have a special place. Love the strong acidity that holds them together and the neverending shift in flavors. This was straight up sweet and that was also quite enjoyable as an afternoon sipper. Winner of our QPR white wine tasting.
I don't drink much riesling, so I won't rate this wine. To me, it tastes like other spatleses I've had in the past. It has aromas of honey, petrol, and that citrusy, stony core that seems to define all rieslings, dry or sweet. Good vibrance on the finish. It's delicious, but for me the low alcohol content (8%) makes it taste flat. Should I be ashamed to prefer chardonnay?
Paired with the JJ Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese 2004, AP 20 05. AP 15 06, 8% ABV. Half bottle. Deeper colour and a more oily consistency than the Auslese 2004; sweet and ripe style for a Prüm Spätlese, consistent with the warm vintage, fruit of sweet peach with tropical notes, pure and intense, hint of blackcurrant leaf, ripe citrus, drinking well already, even if the fleshy fruit still seems to obscure the ripe acidity and the mineral core of slate, good but not exceptional length. Should have the balance to age well and to gain in elegance and finesse over the next 10-15 years.
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