Prum Jj Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese Long Goldkapsel 2001
Strong apple flavor, dripping in honey, and slightly sweeter than I thought, but still enjoyable.
TN: Joh. Jos. Prüm 2001 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese (white capsule), AP 2 576 511 28 02; $32/750 ml, Village Corner, Ann Arbor, MI; 7.5 pabv; Rudi Wiest Cellars International, Carlsbad CA. As is usual, plenty of different AP numbers for these; one other I remember seeing is 19-02.Found a bottle with a slightly protruding capsule; as I didn't remember seeing this before, I thought this would be a good bottle to either enhance or reduce the worries about the 2001 Auslesen.The cork was protruding about 2 mm. Not the best of corks--it was so jammed into the bottle that it needed an Ah-So to remove it.Does Manfred really use them this short?Polished gold. Plenty of spritz.Opens with typical Prüm yeast stink, but that's nearly gone by the time I decant. Clover flower and honey. with a little lanolin underneath, and springwater running over stone. Later I notice how amazing the empty glass smells--a mile deep and very complex; with the dominating note cigar smoke.Big, powerful, fully-extracted, with pointed white-wine tannins giving plenty of texture to the mouth, added to the tingly minerality. On the other hand, has plenty of definition as well. Has great impact on the mid-palate. Honey and tangerine of a great vintage; at present most of the the bee products are hid, except the honey. A rich Auslese in style, especially for a white cap, with very ripe acidity. Extremely long, with a superb, etched, orangeaid-like finish, with a hint of tobacco smoke and suggestions of high-toned sesquiterpenes, like a clean pininess.Surprisingly, still extremely young-seeming, and an enormously pleasurable drink, something you don't expect at seven years with these wines. But don't use me as an excuse to commit infanticide among your Prüm 2001 Auslesen. 96/100.For reference, here's what this wine tasted like shortly after release in April 2003, five years ago, to German wine aficionado John Trombley:Has a nicely polished warm, anodized gold color.Sweet grass, lime, thyme, peach, with spring airs of clover flower. The palate is crisp, ripe, and balanced between tartrate and malate Crisp and honied, with a military, almost martial air; a Chambertin of a Riesling, perhaps 4-5 percent fruit sugar, glucose, and glycerin. This gives moderately sweet Auslese material; this will be a fairly dry Auslese selection as time goes on.Plenty of lees aging as is typical for this producer, giving a distinct, sulfurous wet wool impression that demands integration over time for best results. As this wine should be purchased for cellaring, this does not present a problem for those who know them or who are willing to find out how they behave with bottle age. 96/100: it’s difficult to understand how the Spectator gives this wine less than it give the Himmelreich Auslese, except for relative ignorance in the case of German wine.Happy I have more of this, and a few Goldkaps, too.__________________
Three and a half glasses
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