J.J. Prum, Wehlener Sonnenuhr, 1971

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With the year almost half over (um, where did it go?), I thought it about time to post about a few memorable wines that I’ve tasted so far this year.

First among these needs to be the J.J. Prum, Wehlener Sonnenuhr, Auslese, 1971. In the vernacular of the day, the wine is epic, though not an #ecpicfail mind you but an epic success. Forty years young, I’ve had the good fortune of tasting the wine twice this year. The first was in Vegas celebrating a high school friend’s fortieth birthday party. I saw it on the list at Lotus of Siam and had to buy it for him. Although he’s not that into wine (it does happen from time to time but he’s still a great guy), he loved the wine as did the others in our group who don’t even usually drink white wine. It was really fun to reach back in time the way wine can so joyously. My buddy tells me he keeps the empty bottle on his desk.

I had the wine again recently (actually, it was the “gold capsule” bottling this time) with a small tasting group and it was singing. The wine is a golden color with a deliciously honeyed nose, terrific purity, weight, and an astoundingly integrated blend of acidity and sweetness. Truly, if you remain unconvinced about the soaring greatness of Riesling, get your hands on one of these bottles. Among the world of collectible wines, it remains a relative bargain for the superb quality.

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4 Responses to “J.J. Prum, Wehlener Sonnenuhr, 1971”


  1. Thanks for sharing your insights, just for fun went on wine searcher and the bottle was priced anywhere from 100 for the spatlese and 500 a bottle for the auslese. Timing is perfect for the comments during the “Summer of Riesling” Love turning people on to Rieslings! They especially freak out with old ones, they simply can’t believe a white wine can age like that! I did a Bernkastler Badstube, Kab. from Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler 2007 in my class last week and most of them really liked the wine….very cool because most of these people’s experience with German wine before was Blue Num!;) Cheers!


  2. Even when I drink most red wine I’d be delighted to have tried this.


  3. [...] time, Alder Yarrow wrote about the wine, calling it “outstanding.” Tyler Colman (aka Dr. Vino) recently tasted the same exact wine. His impressions are similar. (0) Comments [...]


  4. [...] and worth savoring every drop. It was so outrageously good that even showed better than the 1971 JJ Prum that was at the same tasting–and this was according to one of Riesling’s most ardent [...]


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