2017 Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese

Year: 2017
Appellation: Mosel-Saar-Ruwer
Country: Germany
Wine Spectator: 94
James Suckling: 94
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 7.5%
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"A textbook style of Mosel sp├Ątlese, elegant, with racy acidity and just enough sweetness for balance and expression. Sweet orchard and stone fruit flavors are beautifully integrated, mixed with spice and floral aromas. The finish is superlong, showing depth and complexity. Drink now through 2032. 300 cases made. -AZ " (WS)

"Sweet floras, vanilla beans and ripe white peaches on the nose. Generous sweetness, but there is a great structure behind it. Serious complexity, too. If you like rieslings with this kind of juicy sweetness, this is delicious right now. Or you can wait five, 10 or 20 years for the balance to move in the dry direction. The wine easily has that kind of aging potential." (JS)

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.

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