2017 Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer Riesling Auslese GKA AP #22 375 ml

Year: 2017
Appellation: Mosel-Saar-Ruwer
Country: Germany
Wine Spectator: 94
Wine Advocate: 97
James Suckling: 95
Dessert Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 7.5%
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"A fresh, floral and extremely elegant yet succulent auslese, showing lime jam, peach and cream flavors, with an abundance of mineral notes, all tied to a vibrant structure fueled by electric acidity. Harmonious, multilayered and very complex, combining ripeness with the elegant character of the Mosel. Drink now through 2040. 60 cases made. -AZ " (WS)

"The 2017 Brauneberger Juffer Riesling Auslese (Gold Capsule) offers a tropical-scented, highly delicate slate bouquet with perfectly ripe stone fruit and very fine raisin aromas. Lush, precise and filigreed on the beautifully weightless yet intense palate, this is a fascinating, highly delicate and racy-piquant Auslese with a persistent salty-mineral structure, great finesse and expression. This is a spell-binding beauty to drink in the next four or five decades. Tasted in March and April 2019.

With the 2017s, Oliver Haag has perhaps made the vintage of his life. There wasn't a single wine I tasted that I couldn't recommend to buy and drink. Even the so called "entry level" is impressive in its precision and concentration. The GGs are great (and much finer than less than a decade ago), but honestly, the predicates are the wines to collect. The higher the level, the finer the wine, and the closer to the Juffer Sonnenuhr, the more legendary the wine. No less than three 100-pointers had to be given, all of them for the Juffer Sonnenuhr, one of the greatest terroirs along Mosel, Saar and Ruwer: Auslese LGK, BA and TBA. These selections are so clear, precise and refined, so beautifully balanced yet intense and fragile. Perfection and fascination, if you like to break all this down to one line.

The first three 2018s had just been bottled when I tasted the 2017s in early April this year, and Oliver Haag asked me not to publish my impressions because the wines were not at their peak yet. This may be, but I was already impressed and am wondering if Fritz Haag's 2018 will rival the great 2017s? A huge success for Oliver Haag, whose wines are so joyful to drink anytime." (WA)

"The stunning concentration and delicate floral honey character make this Mosel Auslese extremely appealing. The harmony is stunning through the long, silky finish, too. Another masterpiece from this famous producer. Drink or hold." (JS)

Winery Notes:
The steep Grosse Lage (grand cru) Brauneberg has been revered as a top vineyard site since the Romans first cultivated wine grapes in the Mosel valley in the second century AD. The Juffer Sonnenuhr is the choicest center cut of the Brauneberg — the steepest and most south-facing part of the hillside that surrounds the sundial.

Auslese is a special selection of late-picked, very ripe clusters with about 50% botrytis-affected grapes.