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2013 Joh Jos Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese Gold Capsule
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- ABV 7%
- Closure: Cork
2013 is seen by the Prum family as the finest vintage since the legendary 1976 vintage, and uniquely this year one with only Auslese wines commercially released. A long, slow ripening season with a very late harvest with high levels of botrytis has created wines with added richness and depth, but also high levels of ripe acidity. These will be extremely long lived wines, but approachable young, and each expressing their vineyard origin with exacting clarity.
“Despite the high concentration, mainly achieved by the remarkable noble rot, which often requires much more patience in the early stage of development, these wines are opening earlier than we expected and are already very attractive now. The botrytis is very clean and clear, the aromas and flavors intense and juicy, and the vibrant acidity gives the wines a surprising freshness. These [are] unique wines with their extreme intensity and tension…” -Katharina Prüm
Almost floral aromas open the pure and fresh 7% alcohol 2013 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese Gold Capsule and intermixes flavors of wet stones, lemons and limes. On the palate this is an electrifying signature Riesling of 2013: sweet, lush and piquant and always precise, though super-concentrated. The finish is complex and long, always salty and stimulating. This is surely a wine made for decades.
Stephan Reinhardt eRobertParker.com #217 (Feb 2015)
Superb depth and intensity. Love the aromas of dried apricot and lemon with minerals and hints of dry ice. Full body. Fabulous fruit yet fresh and agile. Medium sweet. Drink or hold. Better to decant if you drink it young.
Golden yellow. Ethereal aromas of strawberry, acacia honey and brown spices waft over delicate smoky botrytis. Deft, sweet apricot fruit with refined acidity give this wine an airy texture in spite of its honeyed depth. Intense minerality ensures a convincingly long and spicy finish. A great effort, this is one of the finest Ausleses made in the vintage.
Joel B. Payne Vinousmedia.com