2016 Joh. Jos. Prum Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Auslese RieslingRiesling from Germany
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Joh. Jos. Prüm needs no introduction to Riesling lovers, having already become a Mosel icon during the nearly five decades during which its namesake’s son Sebastien was in char...
- 93 Stephan Reinhardt - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
- 93 Wine Spectator
- 93 James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
93 Stephan Reinhardt - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"Prüm's 2016 Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Auslese (AP 18 17) is still a bit yeasty at this early stage (March 2018), but it is showing clear and ripe bright fruit. Lush and round on the palate, this is an intense but light and very quaffable Auslese with 7% alcohol."
Katharina Prüm is very happy with her 2016s and explained, “I like the wines a lot! It's a very attractive vintage that jumps straight from the glass into your nose. The wines took a lot of time to develop the pleasant and digestible character they have today. The fruit is lovely now, and there is a fine salinity in the mineral finish. The 2016s are moderate in alcohol but intense in taste. I find it difficult to compare 2016 with other vintages.“
93 Wine Spectator
"Lithe, with lots of jasmine and saffron notes behind the fresh-cut apple, lemon oil and pear flavors. Very bright and vibrant, showing a good amount of zesty acidity, which connects the mineral, floral and fruit elements and brings this to a lovely equilibrium on the finish. Drink now through 2036. 40 cases made."
93 James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
"Juicy, polished and gull of blossoms. It shows a very attractive balance of ripeness and acidity, making it hard to resist right now. But there's plenty of aging potential here."
Joh. Jos. Prüm needs no introduction to Riesling lovers, having already become a Mosel icon during the nearly five decades during which its namesake’s son Sebastien was in charge. Katharina Prüm has been active alongside her father, Manfred, since early in the new millennium, and the two of them perpetuate a house style that has itself become a Mosel archetype: wines of delicacy and restrained sweetness, often strongly marked in youth by yeasty and otherwise fermentative aromas, and tingling with dissolved CO2. Their longevity is legendary, and the Prüms personally don’t care to drink their own wines – even the Kabinetts – with less than a dozen, and usually many more, years in bottle. The aromas of youthful Prüm wines make it obvious that fermentation here is entirely spontaneous. Manfred makes no secret of his longstanding disinterest in legally dry wines. These are uncompromising, benchmark Mosel wines.
The Zeltinger Sonnenuhr vineyard is the most northernly site and directly borders the northern edge of the Wehlener Sonnenuhr. Both sites are named after the sundials (Sonnenuhr) that sit amongst the vines and that are clearly visible from the other side of the river. The Zeltinger Sonnenuhr has a similar sun exposition and steepness to its neighbor, but there is less top soil and the roots hit on the firm slate rock almost immediately. This means the vines have more trouble finding water which affects yields and the characteristics of the vines. Prüm’s parcel comes from a patch of 60-70 year old vines around the sundial. The wines can be very complex, with earthy, rocky and smoky notes. They can have a certain dense quality and their acidity often is lower. They perhaps do not achieve the same finesse as the wines from the Wehlener Sonnenuhr, but they are probably more complex and can deliver wonderful, mouth-filling pleasure nonetheless.
93 - Stephan Reinhardt - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
93 - Wine Spectator
93 - James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
|Taste||apple, pear, peach, apricot and honey|
|Nose||petrol, flint, rose petal, violet, orange peel, apple, pear and peach|