Rieslingfeier - Collector's Dinner (Eleven Madison Park, NYC): Seems to pick up where the Kabinett left off; the same complex, mature Mosel flavours and sense of harmony, and again such elegance and lightness on the palate. This is a little deeper and broader than the Kabinett, yet again so precise, delicate and thrilling to drink.
Dinner with Steve & Barb at Table 16, Greensboro, NC. AP #10-82. This wine continues to amaze me with its consistent performance from bottle to bottle. Medium bodied and loaded with tart green apples. Very long sweet tart finish. Drinking in a beautiful window today and this should remain for several more years. 50+13+13+9+9 = 94
Beautifull nose of ripe pears and yellow apple, with a hint of petroleum and candied oranges... in the mouth, silky, perfect balance between fruit, minerality and acidity, accacia flower, grany smith and yellow apple, hint of honey... greart wine and amazing how it can preserve the freshness after 30 years!!
Dinner at Taka Sushi, San Diego, CA. AP #10-82. Dark yellow in color and petrol notes on the nose. The petrol was the perfect indicator of age as this currently drink in what appears to be an adolescent phase. On the medium bodied palate, the overwhelming sensation was bright, crisp green apples. The palate is quite delicate - Prum-typical. Plenty of acidity on the long finish. A wine like this really makes one rethink vintages and aging curves. Does a winery like Prum ever have a bad vintage, or even a mediocre vintage? If a Prum Spatlese from a vintage that nobody has heralded as great or even good is still developing positively at age 29 what is the "optimum" aging for an Auslese from a vintage like 2001 or 2005? I hope someone leaves some of these bottles in well stored conditions beyond the lifetime of anyone reading this so future generations can see what happens to these wines at age 75, 100 or older. I just hope it is not me as I plan to finish mine off during my lifetime! 50+13+13+8.5+8.5 = 93(+?)
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(J.J. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spatlese) This was absolutely mindbogglingly good. Past it's full blown petrol phase and in its wispy hint of petrol phase this was just perfect. From a so-so vintage with high acid this just proves that old German wine from so-so vintages just gets better and better. This had aromas of petrol, lime, lemon, apple skins, pear flesh, some flowers and even an exotic hint of confectionary sugar after some decantation. The palate had wonderful acidity, fleshy fruit, a healthy dose of mineral and surprisingly great concentration. Long finish. Stellar wine from an off year.
(J.J. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spatlese) Complex nose of scallions and petrol, apple-spice, lemon curd and honey. Great concentration and ripeness with yellow and star fruits abounding on the finish. Great aged Spatlese.
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