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Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese 2006

External Review by Palm Bay International:

German Rieslings Run Gamut from Dry to After-Dinner Sweet/ I got home late, ate dinner late and should have gone straight to bed. But I had a wicked sweet tooth. I opened the freezer -- no ice cream. The pantry -- no cookies. Then I tried the refrigerator. There, way in the back, tucked between an ancient bottle of white vermouth and an even older bottle of red vermouth, was the remains of a half bottle of German dessert wine that had been sitting open for months --maybe two months, maybe three. Can't be possibly any good, I thought. It was a 2003 S.A. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Tockenbeerenauslese. In the end, the wine retains an amazingly high concentration of sugar (in this case, 37%, compared to less than 1% for dry wines) and low alcohol (6%, about half the level of most table wines). As for the aromas and flavors, they defy description. The bouquet suggests a pungent blend of orange liquer and stewed prunes -- odd perhaps, but utterly seductive. The texture is a cross between maple syrup and honey -- so thick with sugar, it coats the tongue, leading to a "finish," or aftertaste, that lingers for minutes. It was still dynamite several months after being opened -- not the slightest hint of oxidation or spoilage.

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Winery: S.A. Prüm
Color: White
Varietal: Riesling
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External Reviews for Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese

External Review
Source: Palm Bay International
07/20/2011

German Rieslings Run Gamut from Dry to After-Dinner Sweet/ I got home late, ate dinner late and should have gone straight to bed. But I had a wicked sweet tooth. I opened the freezer -- no ice cream. The pantry -- no cookies. Then I tried the refrigerator. There, way in the back, tucked between an ancient bottle of white vermouth and an even older bottle of red vermouth, was the remains of a half bottle of German dessert wine that had been sitting open for months --maybe two months, maybe three. Can't be possibly any good, I thought. It was a 2003 S.A. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Tockenbeerenauslese. In the end, the wine retains an amazingly high concentration of sugar (in this case, 37%, compared to less than 1% for dry wines) and low alcohol (6%, about half the level of most table wines). As for the aromas and flavors, they defy description. The bouquet suggests a pungent blend of orange liquer and stewed prunes -- odd perhaps, but utterly seductive. The texture is a cross between maple syrup and honey -- so thick with sugar, it coats the tongue, leading to a "finish," or aftertaste, that lingers for minutes. It was still dynamite several months after being opened -- not the slightest hint of oxidation or spoilage.


External Review
Source: Palm Bay International
07/20/2011

/ "It is the essence of Riesling," says Raimund Prum. "We go out picking for days and only come back with enough grapes for a dozen bottles. It takes 5 people over two weeks of work from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to select 100% botrytised grapes for 180 375mL bottles." Indeed this golden, highly aromatic, superbly balanced wine - a high-end dessert unto itself - possesses and exceptional intensity, elegance and finesse as well as tremendous aging potential.


External Review
Source: Palm Bay International
07/20/2011

The Oeno File - Best wines tasted in 2006/ The 2005 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Trockenbeerenauslese is one of the best I tasted. Deep gold hued, with intense aromas of tropical fruit and honey and well-balanced acidity, a great wine from an outstanding vintage.


External Review
Source: Palm Bay International
05/06/2013

The Prüm family has roots in Mosel region of Germany that date back as far as 1156, making it one the country’s preeminent winemaking dynasties. The current estate, now a century old and located in Wehlen in the heart of the Mosel, has been under the direction of Raimund Prum since 1971. Under his leadership and the involvement of his daughter Saskia, the property has become one of the region’s most successful wineries, boasting an international reputation for the production of exquisite Rieslings in a range of styles that satisfy and please every palate. Production Area This estate-bottled, single-vineyard Riesling is produced from grapes grown in the famed gray slate soil of the renowned Wehlener Sonnenuhr which has recently been designated an Erste Lage – or top vineyard site by the VDP. The gray slate soils of the Sonnenuhr (sundial) vineyard have a high tin content which lends minerality to the wines. Ancestor Jodocus Prüm erected the famous sundial in 1842, which became a hallmark for the mid-Mosel area. The soil of this famous domain is comprised of Devonian gray slate, and soft slate with a high tin content, which adds a distinctive, fresh minerality to the wines. This is the best vineyard in the Mosel River, with a southerly aspect. The altitude is between 425-1100 feet, with a steep 60% slope. The mountains’ treeline, rising above the vineyards, blocks cold winds from entering the valley. Grape Varieties 100% Riesling Vinification 100% botrytised grapes underwent a three-stage selection process and were hand-harvested. The juice fermented in stainless steel tanks until March 2007. The resulting wine was refined then bottled on April 10, 2007 under natural cork. Color Golden Bouquet Highly aromatic, superbly balanced bouquet Taste A rare wine of exceptional intensity, elegance and finesse, possessing tremendous aging potential Alcohol 7% Serving Suggestions Extraordinary with foie gras, blue cheeses, dessert courses or savored on its


External Review
Source: Palm Bay International
04/07/2011

S.A Prüm is a family-owned wine estate nestled on the banks of Germany’s serene Mosel River, at the heart of the country’s celebrated Mosel-Saar-Ruwer growing region. Here, the Prüm family has cultivated vines for over 200 years. The estate has been in the hands of Raimund Prüm, owner and winemaker, since 1971 when he assumed full management. Under his leadership, the property has become one of the region’s most successful wineries, boasting an international reputation for the production of exquisite Rieslings. Production Area This estate-bottled, single-vineyard Riesling is produced from grapes grown in the famed gray slate soil of the renowned Wehlener Sonnenuhr which has recently been designated an Erste Lage – or top vineyard site by the VDP. The gray slate soils of the Sonnenuhr (sundial) vineyard have a high tin content which lends minerality to the wines. Ancestor Jodocus Prüm erected the famous sundial in 1842, which became a hallmark for the mid-Mosel area. The soil of this famous domain is comprised of Devonian gray slate, and soft slate with a high tin content, which adds a distinctive, fresh minerality to the wines. This is the best vineyard in the Mosel River, with a southerly aspect. The altitude is between 130-330 meters, with a steep 60% slope. The mountains’ treeline, rising above the vineyards, blocks cold winds from entering the valley. Grape Varieties 100% Riesling Vinification 100% botrytised grapes underwent a three-stage selection process and were hand-harvested in October. The juice was fermented in stainless steel tanks for 12 months, and the resulting wine refined then bottled under natural cork. Color Golden Bouquet Highly aromatic, superbly balanced bouquet Taste A rare wine of exceptional intensity, elegance and finesse, possessing tremendous aging potential Alcohol 9.5% Serving Suggestions Extraordinary with foie gras, blue cheeses, dessert courses or savored on its own.


External Review
Source: Palm Bay International
09/24/2012

Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese 2005 - 93 points, Wine Spectator/ An exotic-tasting sweetie, with a rich nuttiness to the dried white fruit flavors, which include gooseberry, peach and apricot. Grapefruit notes chime in as well, with a seductively smoky finish.


External Review
Source: Palm Bay International
06/15/2012

Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese 2009 - 96 points, Wine Spectator Online/ Very honeyed and fresh, with excellent focus to the ripe white fruit, cream and spice flavors. Layered and plush, with a long, elegant finish of apricot tart, with some minerally notes.


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