Peach, lime and floral aromas and flavors are highlighted by a golden apple tone in this pure, focused Riesling, with a juicy, lime- and mineral-tinged aftertaste. Has great definition, based on the vibrant structure and precision balance. Best from 2009 through 2030. *Top 100 Wines of 2007* (BS)
Pale golden yellow. Subdued bouquet of passion fruit, nut oil and acacia blossom.The lusciously sweet tropical fruits are highlighted by a refreshing gingery acidity that keeps the palate light in spite of the wine's impressive density. Elegant, airy and aristocratic rather than overblown, this auslese finishes astoundingly long, on a note of spicy botrytis. (JBP)
Tasted blind in the same flight as Prüm’s Bernkasteler Badstube auslese, this wine is flashier, more of an attention-grabber, with amazing purity and intensity of fruit backed by great length. The fruit flavors of green apple, pineapple and lime are underscored by slate-driven minerality, and the wine, although plump and amply endowed, is well balanced, with superb posture provided by sinewy acids. Surprisingly approachable now, but could last as long as 50 years. (JC)
The 2005 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese, unlike its Himmelreich counterpart, was relatively shrouded in fermentative aromas on the occasion of my tasting, but site- and vintage-typical suggestions of baked apple and vanilla were clearly in evidence, and even more so on the palate, where dripping florality, vanilla cream, and nut paste add considerable allure. The finish here is formidably long and polished, with complexities of flowers, spices, and mineral already very clearly in evidence. This is another sure bet for at least three decades of bottle maturation from an impeccably consistent source. (DS)
Smells much more of the soil than the Graacher Himmelreich Auslese 2005; firmer, chalky, cool wet stones. Leafy. On the palate it has more density and the acidity seems more pronounced - the sweetness too. Oranges, spices, deep and quite unctuous. Altogether a more demanding, powerful wine - the baritone to the Himmelreich soprano? Seems more evolved as well. A wine that commands attention. Drink 2013-2026. (TC) 17.5/20 points
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