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Date Printed: 10/23/2014
Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spatlese 2003
Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spatlese 2003
(search item no. 88358)
collectible wine

Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 10/23/2014: $44.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Wehlen's "sundial" vineyard produces the quintessential Mosel Riesling: delicate and refined, with a racy minerality. The Spätlese("late harvest") designation means the grapes are picked very ripe, resulting in a wine with a rich texture and deep flavors. This wine has a fine citrus fruitiness that is balanced exquisitely by crisp Mosel acidity.

"Provence on the Mosel: This is fragrant with lavender and heady with honeyed fruit. It's so ripe and warm that it feels firmly Auslese, but the acidity finds a way to lift the wine off the tongue in the end and leave it clean and refreshed." —Wine & Spirits

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About Dr Loosen:

The Dr. Loosen Estate has been in the same family for over 200 years. With ungrafted vines averaging 50 years old, some of the best vineyard sites in Germany (four rated grand cru and two premier cru by both the 1868 German classification and the more current Wine Atlas of Germany), Ernst Loosen has the raw materials for stunningly intense, world-class wines. With crop yields almost half of what is permitted by law, only moderate use of organic fertilizers, and old-fashioned cellar practices, Loosen strives to create wines that unmistakably say, "Riesling, Mosel, and Dr. Loosen." In his own words, "The great winemakers I have met invariably possess a clear concept in their mind of what their wine should be. It's a vision that places terrior over technology, and grape quality over quantity. This is the level of winemaking we pursue at Dr. Loosen. Our goal is to produce wines that are luscious, complex, and true to their roots."