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Recent Arrivals at the Trombleyhaus:2007 Heribert Kerpen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese * and Auslese *** Auction - Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer... Read more
At 2008 MoCOOL (August 16, 2008, Dexter, MI) showed in accordance with above note and was well-received by the tasters (nay, good to the last drop,... Read more
TN: Wgt Heribert Kerpen, Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesing Spätlese * (Bernkasteler Ring Auction Wine, Versteigerung 20 September 2007 at Kloster Mathern)... Read more
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Recent Arrivals at the Trombleyhaus:2007 Heribert Kerpen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese * and Auslese *** Auction - Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer (3/25/2009)TN:2007 Heribert Kerpen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese * Auction (Versteigerungswein) Bernkasteler Ring Auction 2008AP 2 576562 18 08; 9.0 pabv. Imported via Ewald Moseler Selections/Mitchell Wines, Portland, OR.Estimated costs:6 bottles @ € 9.5 (US $14.25) plus US $4.26 (exchange fees and shipping)= $18.51 plus $4.00 per bottle UPS fees$18.51 wholesale; $27.77/750 ml estimated retail value at 33.3 percent markup on selling cost120x 750 ml bottles produced; 6 bottles thought to be imported into the United States.Moderately strong straw-green (chlorophyll-like) like most Kerpen wines of this style. Mint, lavender, baby powder, spun sugar, transparent apple, hint of unleavened bread on the nose.Very firm acids on entry with a delicate floral impression; lissome body; sugar almost hidden under the acid but there's plenty of residual there, I think. Lime and a little peach on the finish.This wine is still a little rustic and has a touch of roughness, but will come together, I believe, with a little more time. Plenty of flavor and plenty of complexity and stylishness. 89-91/100. Note that these wines were perforce tasted within a week of shipping receipt, so this is a conservative score.By the third day a pleasant and promising hint of Prüm-like yeastiness and a nice vibrancy and integration, playing off the lime and lime-peel, have started to show. By 3/31, open for almost 6 days, the wine has settled into a brisk, transparent-green minerality with a nice touch of saffron medicinality. There's even a touch of pleasant. juicy metallicity on the finish. More promising and I'm giving it another point. After reading the note on Kerpen's 2007s in International Wine Cellar, it's possible this is the best Kerpen Spätlese made in 2007. 91/100.TN:2007 Heribert Kerpen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese *** Auction (Versteigerungswein) Bernkasteler Ring Auction 2008.AP 2 576562 24 08; 8.5 pabv; imported via Ewald Moseler Selections/Mitchell Wines, Portland, OR.Estimated Costs 6x 375 ml bottles purchased @ €14.00 (US $21.00each) plus US $4.26 (exchange fees and shipping)= $25.26 plus $4.00 per bottle UPS fees. $25.26 wholesale; $37.89 retail value at 33.3 percent markup on selling cost. 60 x 375 ml produced; 6 x 375 ml thought to have been imported into the United StatesColor may even be a little lighter than the Spätlese, but the same shade of green; heavier-bodied, of course. Strong unleavened bread scent, with honey, peach and mango; has a decided yeast note.Plenty of honey and soaring acid on entry; some citrus on the mid-palate; fairly well integrated for such a powerful wine. Enough botrytis to have been called a Beerenauslese, but not as sweet and sticky as would earn that title. The numbers are there, though, I'd bet. So is plenty of deftness on its feet for such a big wine.Very long finish that summarizes all of the above, with predominating honey and tartness. Needs some time to be adequately judged. 90-92/100. This is again a tasting within the first week after arrival, and so conservative.On the third day, the reductive yeast notes and the honey/apricot scents have melded to create something finer than at first. The acids and the sweetness are firm but balanced, and a neat bitter lime-peel sneaks in to the finish to bring about better integration. Both of these will be stunning beauties at the price I paid for them--about $22.50 and $43.90 INCLUDING SHIPPING, respectively.
At 2008 MoCOOL (August 16, 2008, Dexter, MI) showed in accordance with above note and was well-received by the tasters (nay, good to the last drop, as the saying goes...)
TN: Wgt Heribert Kerpen, Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesing Spätlese * (Bernkasteler Ring Auction Wine, Versteigerung 20 September 2007 at Kloster Mathern), AP 2 576 562 12 07, 9.5 pabv; 480 bottles produced; 24 of which were imported into the USA and arrived in Ohio. An Ewald Moseler Selection, imported by Mitchell Wines; Portland Oregon; Shipped by J & H Selbach, D 54492 Zeltingen/Mosel, Land der Rheinland-Pfalz. Arrival 7/16/2008. The knock-down price was €15 ($US23, $29 wholesale imported price; about $43 estimated retail.) Cork-finished.http://www.cellartracker.com/labels/72812.jpg; image courtesy CellarTracker.This is not the one-star Spätlese Artist Label, which is available for about $30-35 in the United States as of this writing. The auction tasting showed a rather large scale dessert-worthy Spätlese with typical Sonnenuhr terroir and a citrus-walnut finish. Brilliant refractive gold. Nose consists of a full wash of clover flower and clover honey, peach, tea, and tobacco smoke, underlain with walnut meats. Auslese-sweet but with a texture Spätlese-deft; peach and pine, with orange honey and a firm, structuring acidity making up its powerful initial attack. Citrus peel and candied walnut meats give a pleasant bitter twist to the mineral-laden finish; best served quite chilled at this point to tame its muscular structure. After 48 hours in the refrigerator it's more open and a bit more focused. Worth about 4 years in cellar to lose its baby fat; it will drink well throughout a 20-30 year lifetime.90-92 on initial tasting.
TN: Wgt Heribert Kerpen, Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesing Spätlese * (Bernkasteler Ring Auction Wine, Versteigerung 20 September 2007 at Kloster Mathern), AP 2 576 562 12 07, 9.5 pabv; 480 bottles produced; 24 of which were imported into the USA and arrived in Ohio. An Ewald Moseler Selection, imported by Mitchell Wines; Portland Oregon; Shipped by J & H Selbach, D 54492 Zeltingen/Mosel, Land der Rheinland-Pfalz. Arrival 7/16/2008. The knock-down price was €15 ($US23, $29 wholesale imported price; about $43 estimated retail.) Cork-finished.Went with Barbara to the Trinity Church, Troy, OH Vestry retreat at the Procter Center; London, OH. Came back next day.When first opened, showed everything that it had before but also an odd dill note. By the next day, it had blown off, as hoped. Again, great structure, fruit, and acidity. However, I wouldn't touch this for a year or two to see what happens with that bit of off-aroma, which I think is temporary. 92(?). Drink 2010-2023.
In spite of the previous bottle's having a touch of soapiness in the nose, this is not evident today. When opened for lunch at Rev. Melody Williams, in celebration of my first sermon last Sunday, showed a nice rustic touch and some big muscles, and underneath that Sonnenuhr bee-product finesse.
External Reviews for Kerpen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese
On the soft, lush side, with lemon pie, apricot and stone notes mingling with the smooth texture. This seems open and easy, yet itrsquo;s deceptively long on the finish. Drink now through 2022.
You know this: it's the little bird in the rowboat. This 2002 is a big salty critter, a slightly-too-friendly dog whom you love but who jumps on you with big wet paws. Yet you just adore him.
Rich and pure, with creamy apricot, lime and slate. Needs some time to reveal all its nuances, but the firm structure and long finish show its potential.
Dark notes of Bartlett pear, guava and green apple take some time to emerge, feeling wound-up in their acidic structure right now. Like many wines from the Sonnenuhr in this vintage, the expression of slate is remarkably intense and pure.
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