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Date Printed: 12/22/2014
Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spatlese 2005
Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spatlese 2005
(search item no. 88161)
collectible wine

Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 12/22/2014: $34.99

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
2004 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Wehlener Sonnenuhr (The Sundial of Wehlen)
This precipitously steep, rocky vineyard consistently yields some of the most elegant and sophisticated white wines in the world. The mineral-rich blue Devonian slate soil gives Wehlener Sonnenuhr (pronounced vay-len-er zon-en-ooer) wines a crisp acidity that perfectly balances the pure peach and lemon fruit. The 2005 Sp├Ątlese from Wehlener Sonnenuhr is exceptionally pure, with a very fine mineral nose, a silky texture and an elegant mineral finish that is long and juicy.
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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."