A completely seductive and appealing '01 spätlese. Seamless and airy in texture, yet layered with peach, citrus and mineral aromas and flavors enmeshed in the delicate frame. Lovely finish. *Highly Recommended, Ranked #8 of the Top 100 of 2003* (BS)
Aromas of candied limes, smoky slate, and white pepper are found in the explosive nose of the 2001 Riesling Spatlese Wehlener Sonnenuhr. A sultry, seductive wine, it luxuriously slathers the taster's palate with rich, yet focused, layers of juicy lemons, red cherries, currants, blueberries, limes, and pears. Notes of candied raspberries make an appearance in this exceptional offering's unbelievably long finish. Pure, elegant, powerful, deep, and densely packed, it should get even better with cellaring. (PR)
Like many of the J.J. Prum wines when young, this one was difficult to taste because of the elevated sulfur levels. Yet in time, this rating may look stingy, as they tend to evolve beautifully in the bottle. For now, there’s some pineapple and citrus showing, but the bulk of the score stems from the wine’s rich, honeyed texture that’s perfectly enlivened by just a trace of spritz. Try in 2010 or beyond. *Cellar Selection* (JC)
Pale green. Very rich and tense and lively. Very edgy with some richness. Blackcurrant leaf flavours. Taut and tense. Grapefruit quality. Quite sweet, though there is an extraordinarily high level of tension and acidity. 18/20 points
Yeasty, mealy fermentative notes form a halo around honey and spices in the nose. This is creamy and polished in feel, sedate in flavor, and boasts uncanny balance of sugar and acid. Apple jelly and honey flavors and the richness of texture suggest Auslese character, yet the play of acids and the overall delicacy of flavor are in the key of classic Spatlese. Lovely notes of brown spice team up with apple and honey in the finish, a rather tea-like sense of tannins not disturbing the texture but only adding further fascinating counterpoint. The wine may not be entirely typical Wehlen, but it is compelling. *Two Stars* (DS)
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