2015 Weingut Max Ferd. Richter Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese, Germany, Mosel, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
95
Grade: 
A

Nice to check in on this wine after a few years.  It is open and drinking beautifully.  Richters wines are always good to great, but they are always some of the best values in Germany.  This one is no exception.  Light golden in color.  The nose has slight peach with lots of minerals/wet rocks.  With air a bit of floral not comes out.  On the palate, this is sweet but not overtly.  A reasonable amount for Spatlese.  It is crisp with nice peaches and wet rocks.  Long finish.  This will go with almost any food but will excel with spicy Thai or Indian.  It is still young but drinking great and

2015 Weingut Max Ferd. Richter Veldenzer Elisenberg Riesling Spätlese, Germany, Mosel, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$22.00USD

2015 was a hugely successful year for Richter.  They are tight but never really shut down all the way.  A bit of air or a decant is a nice idea at this time.  Light golden in color.  The nose is very pretty with pears, minerals and slight green apple.  On the palate, this is sweet with a slightly viscous texture.  Good acidity that balances the sweetness quite well.  There is depth here with layers of minerals and pears.  Long finish.  This will go well with a wide variety of foods.  From salads to spicy Thai, it should be easy to match.  And delicious on its own.  Yes, some people insist t

2012 Dönnhoff Niederhäuser Hermannshöhle Riesling Spätlese, Germany, Nahe, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2012
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$65.00USD

Donnhoff makes some of the best Rieslings in the world.  This wine is fantastic if still a bit young.  Even those who said they didn't appreciate sweet wine thought it was great.  Light golden in color.  The nose has just the slightest bit of petrol.  Also some lemon candy with powdered sugar.  On the palate, there is some acid but not a ton.  Minerals and lemon candy.  Nice depth.  Long finish.  This goes great with most foods especially those with some kick.  This should last for another decade probably two.  

 

2016 Rudi Wiest Dry Riesling, Germany, Rheinhessen, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$12.00USD

Light green gold in color.  The nose has a "sweet" quality to it with wet rocks and pineapple.  That is not meant to say the wine is sweet.  It just seems like it will be when sniffing it.  On the palate, this has a nice minerality.  Some tart pineapple is a good way to describe it.  It has some depth to it.  Very food friendly, it will go with all but the heartiest and maybe even then.  It would be great with spicy Asian foods.  This was selling for $12 which is a great value.  

2015 Weingut Max Ferd. Richter Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese, Germany, Mosel, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$30.00USD

This is drinking well right now if young.  It was brought to a Japanese restaurant and worked wonderfully with all of the foods.  It is sweet, so if you are not fond of sweet wines, then you may want to pass.  Light yellow gold in color.  Beautiful nose of minerals/wet stones, grapefruit and a bit of pineapple.  Slightly viscous but with good cut to it.  Lots of depth as well as width on the palate.  The grapefruit dominates here but there is a nice underlying minerality.  Good finish.  It is delicious but with the right food is where it really shines.  This will probably continue to evolve

2006 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese, Germany, Mosel, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2006
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$55.00USD

Gorgeous wine.  It is sweet of course, but not as sweet as expected.   Golden in color.  The nose is pretty with just the slightest touch of petrol.  Also lots of minerality, wet stones and slight apricot.  Full bodied.  Viscous.  Enough acidity but a bit more to counter the sweet would be nice.  Still, it is a very nice wine.  Went well with Halloumi cheese.  Drinking well now, but it has two or three decades of life left.  

2003 Dönnhoff Schloßböckelheimer Felsenberg Riesling Spätlese, Germany, Nahe, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2003
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$50.00USD

2003 wasa a very hot summer in Europe and many wines reflected that heat.  At age 16, this wine is ripe and sweet but does not seem to be hurt by the heat.  In fact, it was delicious and has matured beautifully.  Still has years to go.  Light golden in color.  The nose has minerals, slight peach, slight simple syrup and is very clean (no petrol).  On the palate, this is viscous and slightly sweet.  Nice peach and minerals notes.  Decent not great acidity.  It was paried with a roasted beet salad with deep fried goat cheese croutons and that was an excellent match.  

2001 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel, Germany, Mosel, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2001
Score: 
97
Grade: 
A+
Current Price: 
$200.00USD

Wow.  This is singing right now.  It seems at peak, but will probably continue to evolve for the next 30 years at least.  Will it get better?  Perhaps.  This was purchased at the winery.  Deep golden in color.  The nose is clean like after a rain.  Even the light petrol has the quality.  A bit of peach and some wet stones as well.  On the palate, this is sweet, but more ripe than botrytis.  Slightly viscous.  Peach with underlying minerality on the palate.  Lots of depth and complexity.  Long finish.  Worked great with deviled eggs actually, but of course it will go with a wide variety of l

2016 Dönnhoff Riesling, Germany, Nahe, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-

This is their basic Riesling.  It retails for around $20 and is a great value especially in great vintages like 2016.  This is sweet.  Light golden in color.  The nose has minerals, some pear and a slight honey note.  On the palate, the pear carries through.  Sweet but not over the top.  On the finish, it turns drier.  Nice minerality.  Would work great with salads or Thai/spicy foods.  This should last for a decade if well stored.  

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