2014 Joh. Jos. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese

Year: 2014
Appellation: Mosel
Country: Germany
Wine Spectator: 93
Wine Advocate: 94
Vinous Media: 93
Wine Enthusiast: 91
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 7.5%
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"Powerful and concentrated flavors of roasted peach, dried pear and glazed pineapple are focused and offer plenty of dried savory accents in this white. Drink now through 2030.—K.M." (WS)

"Very fine, bright fruit and fine stone/slate perfume flavors open the noble 2014 Riesling Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spätlese (AP #23). This is a full-bodied, round, intense, piquant and kicking Wehlener Sonnenuhr with a very juicy and intense sweetness, but a lingering minerality. Very sophisticated and complex, this is extremely promising. Don't drink before 2022, but certainly before you die. Dr Manfred Prüm says, "2014 was a very expensive harvest. We made a brown harvest when we negative-selected all rotten grapes. We had to do a pre-selection because the maturity of the berries on one grape was not homogenous. Therefore, we picked the top vineyards rather late. We started the main harvest after ten days, since the acidity levels went down. So we accepted 20% to 25% of green grapes and 5% of noble rot. Towards the end of the harvest we picked the noble botrytis grapes, which was again a selection between rot and noble rot." The result of the 2014 harvest contains Kabinett, Spätlese and Auslese Rieslings including the Gold Cap from the Graacher Himmelreich. There is no Auslese from the Zeltinger Sonnenuhr in 2014 "because there was simply no time to select it." A good Auslese has been picked in the old, steep part of the Bernkasteler Lay and there the Badstube a Spätlese and Auslese were selected. In Graach, there was more noble rot in 2014 and team JJ Prüm picked this vineyard at the latest." (WA)

"Scents and flavors of ripe pear are garlanded with lily of the valley and heliotrope. Tang and piquancy of pear skin and seeds lend counterpoint and invigoration on a creamy palate, and the stone-lined, lusciously long, mouthwateringly salt-tinged finish is at once soothing and stimulating. At a mere 7.5 percent alcohol, this comes off as very delicate, yet not overly sweet. That it (as well as its auctioned counterpart) is so open and expressive relative to its fellow Prüm Spätlesen of the vintage comes as a surprise, since more often, this estate’s Wehlener Sonnenuhr bottlings hang back early on. (I did not taste a second non-auction bottling, A.P. #23.) " (VM)

"While subdued and closed off at initial tasting, time and aeration seem to bring out this wine's vibrant tangerine and apricot perfume. The spry palate is delicately sweet, juxtaposing fresh, primary stone fruit and lime flavors against a backdrop of savory earth and nut. It's a quiet wine that should gain power and depth with maturity. Hold until 2020." (WE)