Dominik Mueller

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2005 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spätlese

Tasting note

2005 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese

Today’s dinner for my wife’s birthday at Web Christel in Westerland on the island of Sylt was a big delight, and this Riesling Spätlese was the perfect accompaniment for their superb fish and seafood dishes.

Since we enjoyed the wine at the restaurant, I did not take detailed notes. However, this J.J. Prüm was unquestionably a great pleasure. Already in the nose aromas of sweet apricots seduced us, well-staged by the Gabriel glass. In addition, a very light and pleasant touch of petroleum, as is usual for matured Riesling. It was all very harmonious. Finally, on the palate, the fruit sweetness combined with a still fresh acidity to tangerines, orange marmalade and apricots. Great, animating drinking flow. Long lasting finish that brought sweetness, acidity and bitterness together. Simply wonderful!

Drink through 2030.

Tasted by Dominik Müller on Thursday, 22 June 2023.


94Wines rated DM94 to DM96 bear witness to the fascinatingly successful combination of grapes, terroir and craftsmanship at the highest level. They are obviously an absolute pleasure to drink, perfectly balanced, and they offer a high level of complexity as they seemlessly combine primary, secondary and often tertiary aromas. This makes them a great experience for every wine connoisseur. In WSET terms, wines with a DM94 rating tend to be at the upper scale of a 3.5 WSET rating.
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3.5Wines with a 3.5 WSET rating are 'very good' wines -- just shy of 'exceptional' -- according to the WSET scoring system, where we consider balance (B), intensity (I), length (L) and complexity (C). In terms of my personal rating system, wines with a WSET score of 3.5 usually get 93 to 94 DM points.
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5Wines with a rating of 5 stars are truly outstanding achievements. They stand proudly at the very top of their peer group.

Jasper Morris of inspired me to use his 'Five Star Scale' in my tasting notes, too. The limitation of the standard 100-point scale is that in certain appellation hierarchies, such as Burgundy village versus premier cru, the lower-end wines will typically score less than the wines higher up the hierarchy. The five star scale therefore wants to compare a wine to its peers from the same category. It allows for very well-made wines to stand out.
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Wine details

Vintage: 2005
Style:still (off-dry)
Grape variety:Riesling
For assemblages, the main grape variety is shown.
Producer:Joh. Jos. Prüm
Region:Mosel Saar Ruwer
Vineyard:Wehlener Sonnenuhr
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