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Prum J J Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese #24 2007
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A decadent style, with tropical fruit flavors of mango and guava that drip with plenty of butter and spice notes. A rich anise and glazed apricot strain runs through the aroma to the finish. Distinctive and powerful. Drink now through 2025.
Grapes have been harvested from this favored site since the last millenium, with J.J. Prüm as one of its most notable producers. The medium-bodied frame holds the weight of fig and peach flavors. Well-balanced acid/sugar ratio ensures that this will age well.
Beware, Chardonnay devotees, you will absolutely love this wine! Yes, it's dry for a Spätlese, and yes, it's food-friendly. The nose is full of slate, vanilla and ripe apple/pear tones. On the palate there are lush, ultra-defined apple, pear and peach flavors wrapped around a taut core of vivid acidity and mineral notes. Long finish. Great with grilled salmon or a spicy pork tenderloin.
Shows some characteristic Pranduuml;m stinky notes, but thereandrsquo;s plenty of fruit lurking underneath. Pear, honey, melon and citrus flavors give an impression of great ripeness, amplified by the creamy texture and custardy mouthfeel, but thereandrsquo;s also enough crisp acidity for balance. Drink nowandndash;2025, maybe longer.
Some of Prüm's releases in this decade have been more fruit-forward and less overtly yeasty than in the past, but this wine feels like a Prüm Spätlese of old: tightly restrained and stubbornly closed behind a wall of youthful fermentation aromas, it takes its time to reveal subtle detail and silky depth of fruit. It's infused by the haunting blue-slate character for which the vineyard is renowned, and white it undoubtedly packs more richness and ripeness than a Prüm wine of 20 years ago, it maintains a similar feeling of delicacy, purity and grace.
An almost confectionary sense of sweetness and ripeness pervades the Prum 2009 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spatlese, making it something of an exception in a vintage collection generally noteworthy for the restraint of residual sugar. Apple candy, caramel, and vanilla mingle on a creamy palate, with hints of salt, stone, and apple pit happily offering some counterpoint in a long and otherwise soothing finish. This showed more grip as it opened, and perhaps time will lend more cut and complexity to a Spatlese that on the basis of track record is likely to thrive for another quarter century or more. Incidentally, this represents the first of three lots of "regular" Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spatlese, the last of which was still in tank in September.
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