2016 Joh. Jos. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese

Year: 2016
Appellation: Mosel
Country: Germany
Wine Spectator: 93
Wine Advocate: 94
Vinous Media: 93
John Gilman: 94--Mosel Fine Wine Review: 92+
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 8.0%
Price :
$39.95

WHAT WE HAVE IS AP #12...LAST CALL!!!

"Intense but lithe, with lively acidity that provides fine cut to the mango, slate and chamomile flavors. A savory mineral note stands out toward the end, with graceful floral hints lingering on the pure-tasting finish. Drink now through 2038. -A.Z." (WS)

"The 2016 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spätlese (AP 23 17) is still discreet, floral and finely mineral rather than fruity on the nose compared to the other 2016 Spätlesen. Lush, piquant and juicy on the palate, this is a firm but sensual Sonnenuhr with remarkable finesse, lightness and lingering salinity. Tasted March 2018.

Katharina Prüm is very happy with her 2016s and explained, “I like the wines a lot! It's a very attractive vintage that jumps straight from the glass into your nose. The wines took a lot of time to develop the pleasant and digestible character they have today. The fruit is lovely now, and there is a fine salinity in the mineral finish. The 2016s are moderate in alcohol but intense in taste. I find it difficult to compare 2016 with other vintages.“ The highest predicate of the vintage—the 2016 Auslese LGK from the Graacher Himmelreich—was auctioned in Trier last year for roughly 475 euros for the 375-milliliter bottle. However, Prüm’s 2016 Prädikatsweine, namely from the Graacher Himmelreich and, certainly, the Wehlener Sonnenuhr, are fascinating in their purity, lightness, finesse and stimulating mineral freshness.

After a turbulent season with enormous rainfalls and temperature differences from 21 degrees Celsius up to 36 degrees Celsius in between a few days in January, April, May, June and even July, August and September. The latter two were "the sunniest months in the whole year, both exceeding 220 hours of sunshine, which meant more than 60% more sunshine in September than usual. October, then, again, was mostly dry and temperatures decreased to the average.“

Team Prüm started the harvest "very slowly“ on the 10th of October. "Very calm weather conditions in the following weeks allowed us to continue very unhurriedly, and we finished only in mid-November,“ says Katharina. Though 2016 is not a high botrytized vintage, she could also select a small portion of noble rot grapes at Beerenauslese level in November. The 2016s were bottled between June and September of the following year, though there are other bottlings of some wines in March." (WA)

"Headily sweet scents of gardenia, lily and honeysuckle mingle with those of fresh apple and pear, setting the tone for a succulently fruity, delicate palate loaded with inner-mouth perfume. With an enveloping sense of richness, the finish lingers lusciously, almost decadently. It would be a shame not to allow this some time in bottle before uncorking – advice which the Prüms would emphatically give you about all of their wines! (I have not tasted the A.P. #15 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spätlese that was auctioned.)" (VM)

"The 2016 Wehlener “Sonnenuhr” Spätlese AP #12 is also a simply outstanding bottle in the making, and though it shares a bit of an expressive nature with the last two wines, it is a bit more buttoned up today behind its structural elements and will need just a bit more time in the cellar to blossom. But, this is typical of this vineyard! The bouquet is lovely and will be very complex in the fullness of time, as today it offers up scents of pear, delicious apple, vanilla bean, a marvelous undertow of slate, wild yeasts, a touch of citrus zest and a topnote of apple blossoms. On the palate the wine is pure, medium-full and racy, with a lovely core, superb backend energy and laser-like focus on the very long and seamless finish. A classic. 2028-2060. 94+." (GJ)

"This proves quite closed at first. A hint of volatile acidity quickly gives way to beautiful flavors of canned yellow peach, apricot blossom, grapefruit and a touch of toffee on the nose. The wine develops ripe aromas on the creamy, intense and smooth palate. The finish is full of honeyed fruits, roasted pineapple and butter cream. This Auslese-styled expression of Wehlener Sonnenuhr will need quite some time to integrate its richness, but could then turn out even better than anticipated as the fresher side emerges at maturity. 2026-2046" (FWR)