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2005 Joh. Jos. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese Gold Capsule
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96 Points | International Wine Cellar , January/February 2007

($100; auction wine) Golden yellow. Christmas fruitcake with nectarine, white raisin and pure botrytis on the nose. High-toned, creamy and rich, with flavors of apricot nectar, fine slate and brown spices, with an elegant floral element. A sublime touch of botrytis adds complexity to the long, mineral finish.This is one of the finest ausleses of the vintage.

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