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Community Tasting Notes (102) Avg Score: 93.8 points

  • 2001: A Wine Odyssey — Berserker Offline @ The Palace (The Palace Steakhouse, SF): Summary:
    From the famously steep “Sundial” vineyard, this wine is a classic Mosel Riesling (soil is blue and devon slate).

    This wine is so young, so primary, and so classic! I was surprised by the strength of the burnt match, but it seems (according to the interwebs) this is perfectly normal for young Prum Riesling - especially from the Sonnenuhr vineyard. Moderately sweet, light, and saffron-scented, with good varietal character and sparkling acidity.

    Score: Between 8.5 and 9.

    Clear, day bright, medium-straw with moderate concentration. I’m a bit surprised this was lighter in color than the Cuvee Freddy - especially since this has botrytis on it, and that usually hastens oxidation and thus deepening of color.

    Light burnt match (reduction), which yields to a light (but present) tone of petrol/pool-toy (TDN). There is a slight hint of grapefruit pith (thiol character), and a moderate influence of botrytis (warm saffron and rice tones). Fruit wasn’t dominant for me.

    Surprisingly youthful and moderately complex, with both varietal character and botrytis influence. The burnt match certainly evokes a sense of warm crushed stones (Terroir!). The fact that it seems to be a reductive character doesn’t change the magic of this combination. I’m becoming more and more convinced of the argument that minerality is in fact the combination of high acidy and moderated reduction.

    I think this probably needs a lot of time — decades, perhaps — for the struck match aromas to subside and for secondary and tertiary aromas to develop.

    Off-dry (I wrote ~15g/L, but given the ripping high acid it could be in the 30’s or 40’s).
    Low alcohol (not even diminished - I feel almost no alcoholic heat). ~10%? [actually 7.5%].
    Solidly high acid, both malic and tartaric, though initially the acidic spark is softened by significant sweetness.
    No phenolic bitterness.
    Superb balance with sweetness lifted by strong acid.
    Complexity is just moderate at this point - I think it needs significant age to develop further.
    The finish is long, with sweetness and acidity neck-and-neck.

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  • WineBerserkers Offline - 2001 Tasting (The Palace, Mission, SF): Light yellow-golden color; distinct nose of petrol, pear, limestone; palate has richness, great acidity, balanced sweetness, lemon-lime, very fresh, great balance; long finish. 93-95

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  • John's Birthday Degustation Dinner (Hippopotamus Restaurant, Museum Hotel, Wellington, New Zealand): Still a complete baby - tasting fresh as a daisy. Some SO2 and rubber hose notes on the aroma. Great nose of wet slate with a tangy mineral laced palate of only subtle perceived sweetness. Taut in the mouth with amazing definition and length, this was not sweet enough for the dessert that was served but on its own, it was a wine of superb poise.

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  • 2nd of 18 - pale, some spritz; nuance developing, quite floral, some stone, refreshing lime; light but long and intense, super balance, refreshing fruit. dimension developing hints at much more to come early days yet. I find these wines need about 15 years before they start to develop. Should improve on current fine plus (18/20).

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  • Smooth and silky with an elegant lemony honeyed fruit; lightly acidic; paired well with salt and pepper prawns as well as hummus and soft washed rind cheese.

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  • By David Schildknecht
    November/December 2002, IWC Issue #105, (See more on Vinous...)

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


  • By Chris Kissack
    December 2011, (See more on Winedoctor...) 18.5 points

    (Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese) A clear green-tinged hue, and just like the spätlese this shows a light application of carbon dioxide bubbles around the inner surface of the glass. Unfortunately it still reeks of typical Prüm sulphur at this stage, with struck match and mothball characteristics dominating at present. I described it as a ‘faint tinge’ in 2007 but perhaps I was being kind; it certainly isn’t faint here. There is still a bright, vivacious minerality underneath it though, along with little notes of seashell and seaside ‘ozone’. Lovely weight, although it feels light-footed and gentle and harmonious. Not intensely sweet, not overtly sweeter than the spätlese in fact, although there is a beautifully fleshy polish on the palate with a very harmonious structure. Lovely vibrancy on the finish, which is fresh and long. It still needs time, this one; and it will drink well for decades I am certain.

  • By Richard Jennings
    5/30/2009, (See more on 93 points

    (Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese) Baked lemon, petrol, herbal nose; nice, refined, minerally, petrol and tart stone fruit palate; medium-plus finish (best match with the soup)


  • By Chris Kissack
    April 2007, (See more on Winedoctor...) 18.5+ points

    (Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese) A pale shimmering hue, green tinged, and like the wines that preceded it there are some bubbles of residual carbon dioxide lingering here. A super nose, with a deep, limey, minerally, smoky and fresh style. There is perhaps the faintest tinge of residual sulphur here too, but it is very subtle and is of no consequence. Gorgeously fresh despite being deeply structured, plush and rich, with a great, broad character. Creamy fruit richness, precisely defined, very upright and composed, but with plenty of fleshy substance, so although this wine is in a very early stage of what should be a lengthy evolution, it is still beautifully balanced and delightfully easy to drink. But no doubt in five, ten or twenty years time, protected by the crisp, tingling and perfectly delineated acidity that it possesses, it will be a fabulous experience. A wonderful wine with huge potential.

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