Vivid and pure, this is archetypal Sonnenuhr in its mineral character, the slate aromas thoroughly saturating the sleek flavors of tangerine and white peach. It expands on the palate with an elegant dimension and depth, intensely expressive and quietly complete.
A decadent style, with tropical fruit flavors of mango and guava that drip with plenty of butter and spice notes. A rich anise and glazed apricot strain runs through the aroma to the finish. Distinctive and powerful. (KM)
An almost confectionary sense of sweetness and ripeness pervades the Prum 2009 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spatlese, making it something of an exception in a vintage collection generally noteworthy for the restraint of residual sugar. Apple candy, caramel, and vanilla mingle on a creamy palate, with hints of salt, stone, and apple pit happily offering some counterpoint in a long and otherwise soothing finish. This showed more grip as it opened, and perhaps time will lend more cut and complexity to a Spatlese that on the basis of track record is likely to thrive for another quarter century or more. Incidentally, this represents the first of three lots of “regular” Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spatlese, the last of which was still in tank in September. (DS)
Elegant bouquet of pineapple, pine nuts and lemon oil. Luscious papaya fruit is given a crisp quality by the wine's refreshing mineral character. Deceptively light and wonderfully drinkable, this spätlese is just plain fun. (JP)
Light-bodied and lithe, this is not as fruity or flashy as many of its brethren from this vintage. Instead, it offers mineral complexity only slightly buffered by notes of ripe apples and stone fruit, and a long, citrusy finish. Give it some time in the cellar, where it should blossom in another 5–7 years. (JC)
Very rich and pure and direct. Stunning value – this is one of the world’s great wines! Like the most rewarding cold shower for the palate. Medium dry but beautifully balanced. 17.5/20 points (JR)
1983 G. Schmitt Schenk Longuicher Herrenberg Auslese Mosel (damp stained label, corroded capsule)
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