Monday, January 22, 2007

2003 S.A. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese

I love Riesling. As with many oenophiles, I find it to be the most food friendly wine there is outside of Champagne or other sparkling wines. Being in Germany has given me the opportunity to try some really great ones. As I mentioned a while back I had the opportunity to try some Alsatian versions. Tonight I tried a traditional German version.
The Wine: The wine weighed in at a surprisingly high 12.5%. It poured the color of fresh straw and smelled of apricots, honey, stone specifically granite, lime, peach and a tad bit of lychee. The mouth was more of the same with a vibrant but not bracing acidity, a bit of a tang, some tartness, and then a nice long smooth finish. A very nice wine and a good example of the sweeter version that is Spatlese. The sweetness was not overpowering, but just present underneath the acidity. I'd grade it a B+.


Anonymous said...

not to be rude, but if you read the label, the alcohol is 8%. Tried the wine today and I would be hard pressed to find honey and lychee. Were you trying a gewurztraminer?

Barleyvine said...

Of course I don't still have the bottle, but I promise you that the alcohol content in this is as stated, at 12.5%. Maybe its the difference between what I had in Germany vs, what they export to the states.
Thanks for reading.

Unknown said...

FYI: Mine is 9.5% VOL, and I'm looking at the bottle right now. Bought at the estate.