2015 Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese

Year: 2015
Appellation: Mosel-Saar-Ruwer
Country: Germany
Wine Spectator: 93
Mosel Fine Wines: 94
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 7.5%
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"Creamy and rich, with flavors of peach, apricot and ripe apple that feature some savory accents. The lusciously juicy finish has plenty of honeyed and pear notes. Drink now through 2035.—K.M." (WS)

"This has a very refined nose with flowery flavors as well as apricot, cardamom and creamy yellow peach. The wine is smooth and delicate with creamy scents of orange, apricot and sappy yellow peach conveying freshness and juiciness on the palate. The finish proves delicate and superbly long. This is a great Juffer-Sonnenuhr Spätlese (made in a light Auslese style) in the making! 2025-2050" (MFR)

Winery Notes:
The terrifyingly steep and isolated Brauneberg hillside has been revered as a top vineyard site since the Romans first cultivated wine grapes in the Mosel valley. The Juffer Sonnenuhr is the choicest center cut of the Brauneberg — the steepest and most south-facing part of the hillside. This Grosse Lage (Grand Cru) site produces profound, distinctive wines with great purity and concentration.

The Brauneberg is an isolated, south-facing hill that, unlike most other great Mosel sites, has very little forest above it to provide water. The relative lack of water and the well-drained brown slate soil make it one of the drier vineyards in the area, a great advantage in wet years, which occur frequently in this cool, northern climate. The wines tend to have a brawny, muscular structure to them due to the nature of this site. With painstaking selection at harvest, and meticulous cellar work, the Fritz Haag estate produces wines that combine the typical Brauneberg power with astonishing clarity and a sophisticated sleekness.