S.A. Prüm is based in the town of Wehlen in the Mosel region of Germany. The Prüm family has been producing wine in the region since 1156. The winery’s primary focus is the production of Riesling wines. They participate in the German VDP classification system.
The 2009 S.A. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett was 100% Riesling. The label listed ABV was 7.5% (whoa, if I have a beer it is usually higher than that.).
I am always on the lookout for wine holidays (we need more wine holidays). Thankfully, Talk-A-Vino, a fellow wine blogger, in one of his Wednesday Meritage posts brought to my attention that July 2012 was the 31 days of German Riesling. One week later, Molly at Paprika & Pinot, delivered an excellent post titled “Still Searching for a Bone Dry Riesling”. In the comments section of her post, The Winegetter, another wine blogger (he’s knows German wines extremely well), posted some tips on identifying a dry Riesling.
Armed with The Winegetter’s advice, I set out in search of a dry Riesling.
Unfortunately, my search was not successful.
The Winegetter’s suggestions were extremely sound. The problem was the stores I was shopping in had a very, limited selection of Rieslings. I checked bottle after bottle for the word “Trocken”, but there was no Trocken to be had. I looked for “Grosses Gewachs”, nothing happening. No Weingut Georg Mosbacher, no Weingut Immich-Batterieberg. Robert Weil 2009 Erstes Gewachs (suggested by another commenter on Molly’s post), nein, nein, nein.
So, I went with what I could find. The 2009 S.A. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett.
The wine’s color was an extremely pale yellow. It was almost clear.
The nose was strong with citrus and apple. It didn’t smell overtly sweet.
I tentatively took a sip. First came apple, then melon……then……sweetness. It was unbelievably sweet (we’re talkin’ icky sweet). I let the wine sit a bit to rise in temperature, hoping it would change the character. I took another sip, no such luck. It was a sweet bomb.
I would describe the finish as medium, and….sweet.
The fact this wine did not work out was nobody’s fault but mine. I had The Winegetter’s advice and chose to purchase something that clearly did not fall within his guidelines.
The 2009 S.A. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett cost me $27. If you are a fan of Rieslings, you will probably enjoy this wine. I will not be purchasing it again.