White - Off-dry

2003 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel


  • Germany
  • Mosel Saar Ruwer

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  • sweetstuff Likes this wine: 93 points

    March 1, 2013 - mid yellow-green with a touch of pink and plenty of fine carbon dioxide bubbles on first decanting and with lots of refractivity at edges. There is a thick coating on the glass surfaces but not much 'tearing. This wine has quite a bit of those fine tartrate floaters. Nose: Bakeshop with mineralic, minty-and-tannic skin tones, quite clean and cool and honied. The juicy and crisp flavors have lots of minerals and salinity with juicinss and acidity. I was hoping for a little less petrol, but it'll be ok with some airing. It also could use a little more focus and a little less warm-vintage exhuberance. The finish is has a little wandering, undisciplined aspect, but time with tell with that. More structure and focus might become apparent with time. 92/100. hopefully, there's some left to be patient with; quite a bit came into the US at release. Later the wine picks up a nice bitter skin tang and this begins to bring things together.

    On the 7th day past opening, kept at room temperature: Warm rose-gold. Riedel Riesling. Wonderful fresh integrated petrol, peach, and honey; acidic silicic freshness as if sniffing a freshly cut quartz facies. Juicy but broad, accented with redcurrant, and giving off a slight cherry affect. Has come together with better focus; has actually improved a hair since having been opened even after a week's time. Gives more hope for some additional ageworthiness--let's say a plus or half a point.

    3 weeks later in refrigerator: medium-rich green-gold. Has fully harmonized peach and petrol, glossed over with very tropical, quite overripe pineapple and mango, with a nose quite expressive of mineralic freshness. Can hardly believe it's been open for so many weeks. Very rich, sweet, and juicy, with very little mawkishness, and showing good skin tang underneath everything else. Plenty more room to grow and develop than first thought--give it 10 through 25 more years without raising a sweat, if you like mature Auslesen, which of course I do. Easy to misjudge this, as it is to misjudge 2003 Sauternes-Barsacs as well. 93-94/100. Buy more at the prices being quoted.

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  • JimVan commented:

    3/2/13, 8:52 AM - I was really hoping for this type of review when we were able to get these for a song some years ago, John. Thanks for the examination. I will just let them sit for awhile longer.

  • Tony Ling commented:

    9/14/16, 10:01 PM - Opened a bottle yesterday and very consistent note with SweetStuff's - thank you very much for the extremely detailed and helpful note! Especially on the evolution of the wine since I was not able to resist the temptation in finishing the bottle with family at home within 1-2 hours upon opening...

  • sweetstuff commented:

    9/15/16, 5:45 AM - Thanks to Tony and Jim for positive comments on note. It should be recognized, however, that each and every bottle I open is purchased out of a highly limited budget, because I'm not ITB and can seldom go to Europe to taste there, and so necessarily am tasting older wines. The detailed nature of the note is due to my chronic logorrhea; I'm not trying to set a record for being detailed, but it seems writing such notes helps my memory. If it helps anyone else that's good too.

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