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Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese 2016/17
Region: Mosel-Saar-Ruwer
Winery: Joh. Jos. Prüm
Grapes: 100% Riesling
Color: White
Vintage: 2016
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Description: The wines of the Wehlener Sonnenuhr possess an excellent structure, show beautiful, ripe aromas and flavours (typically stone fruits, like peach), a fine minerality and great depth and length. Especially after having been aged for some years, their harmony, finesse and expression is unique. This Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese is a very classical Mosel Riesling Auslese, a fine yet racy wine, combining elegance and complexity and showing a beautiful balance between fruit aromas and flavours, a crisp acidity and fine minerality. Although this wine is very appealing now already, it will improve a lot with ageing in the years to come and be enjoyable for decades.


Reviews

Publication Score Comments
Jancis Robinson NA FOR THE 2015 VINTAGE
Pale straw. Very rich and racy with some nuttiness underneath and massive passion fruit acidity. Masses of extract and already quite a bit of sweetness is evident. This should evolve into something very special. 18.5/20
The Wine Advocate 94 FOR THE 2015 VINTAGE
The 2015 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese (AP 17) is clear, though still a bit reductive on the nose, offering sweet herbal flavors more than anything else. There are very subtle mineral flavors in the background. The wine is round, highly refined and perfectly balanced on the palate, provided with a lush and sweet fruit, an elegant texture and a stimulating salinity and grip in the finish. This is gorgeous! Keep it for another 5-10 years, though.
James Suckling 97 FOR THE 2015 VINTAGE
A whiff of smoke at first, but the nose slowly unfurls. As enormous as it is brilliant, and the interplay of the components is about as sensually ravishing as wine gets. The freshness at the finish is devastatingly beautiful and doesn't want to stop. Better from 2020 and will age for half a century
Wine Spectator 94 FOR THE 2016 VINTAGE
Pure, flying like a buttery across the palate, this starts with mineral and floral notes up front, but unfolds to show multiple layers of flavor, remaining seductive throughout. The peach, glazed pear and honey flavors are perfectly balanced, with power and force seemingly reserved. Shows nice expression. Drink now through 2037. 300 cases made.
The Wine Advocate 94 FOR THE 2016 VINTAGE
The 2016 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese (AP 13 17) is clear, fresh and vegetal/floral on the pretty complex but clear and refreshingly flinty nose. Bottled with 8.5% alcohol, this is a lush, piquant and well-structured Spätlese with good grip and a perceptible sweetness. The finish is intense and complex and reveals a firm mineral structure.
Wine Spectator 95 FOR THE 2017 VINTAGE
Guava and mango flavors are offset by vivifying citrusy acidity, creating a firm frame on which glazed apricot and star anise notes emerge. Powerful yet elegant, this is built for the cellar. Give this some air if you must drink it now, but better to wait for a decade or so. Best from 2022 through 2039. 170 cases made. — AZ
Wine Enthusiast 95 FOR THE 2017 VINTAGE
Editors' Choice: Whiffs of smoke and crushed earth blow off quickly with aeration to reveal succulent white-peach, yellow-cherry and grapefruit tones. It's unabashedly fresh and forward in fruit, yet anchored by a core of stony mineral tones and zippy light-saber acidity. It's a hedonistic yet impeccably balanced wine that drinks well already but will improve well through 2035, and likely beyond.
Wine Enthusiast 97 FOR THE 2017 VINTAGE - 97 POINTS
The 2017 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese is intense and concentrated on the nose, with raisin, grapefruit and even vegetable aromas at the moment. This is highly attractive and noble on both the nose and palate. The wine is lush and dense on the palate but highly elegant, crystalline and fine, revealing a highly stimulating, salty-piquant and intensely aromatic and complex finish. This is an outstanding wine, and it's highly digestible. Tasted in March 2019.