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Date Printed: 9/1/2014
Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spatlese 2011
Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spatlese 2011
(search item no. 120886)
Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/1/2014: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
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
2003 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

#67 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2012

Spatlese [SHPAYT-lay-zuh] is German for "late picked." It has more richness and body than Kabinett because the grapes are allowed to ripen for an extra week or more. This Pr├Ądikat (ripeness level) often gives you the purest expression of the vineyard's terroir, because the fruit is fully ripe, but without any influence of over-ripeness or botrytis.

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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."