2005 Joh. Jos. Prüm Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Auslese Mosel

SKU #1026655 95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Pale golden yellow. Restrained aromas of yellow plum, quince jelly and acacia honey, with a hint of spicy botrytis. Pure, rich and complex on the palate, with subtle nut oil and brown spice notes giving a lightness to the creamy custard flavor. The lift and delicacy persist on the bright, stylish, succulent and very long finish. (JP)  (1/2007)

95 points Wine Spectator

 Slightly reduced in aroma, yet very pure and delicate, showing apple and peach notes, with a touch of herb and mineral. Gossamer in texture, with a spine of acidity, ending with a mouthwatering finish. Needs time. Best from 2010 through 2030. (BS)  (4/2007)

93-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2005 Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Auslese smells of flambeed peach, lemon meringue, and black currant preserves. On the cusp of B.A. in must weight and honied richness, it preserves the liveliness and lightness of touch and sheer drinkability conveyed by fresh grapes. Seductive inner-mouth perfume of flowers and spices overlie a tropically opulent, subtly botrytized pool of fruit that remains transparent to mineral nuances. Insistent citricity keeps the flavors lively through to a finish of refinement and lift. For all of its youthful sweetness, this has undeniable immediate appeal, yet one can be confident of at least three decades satisfying development in the bottle. (DS)  (2/2007)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Editors' Choice* Strongly marked by rather stinky aromas at first, this wine reveals its full majesty on the palate, where it’s lush and round without being soft, filled with baked apple, vanilla, honey and spice notes balanced by ripe acidity. Layered and long on the finish, where it reveals more complexity with every sip. Give it a vigorous decanting if you open a bottle now, or wait 10-20 years, maybe longer. (JC)  (10/2007)

93 points Wine & Spirits

 (No tasting note given.)  (4/2007)

Jancis Robinson

 2005 was an exceptional year: early budding, no frost, quick and even flowering, then a varied summer. It was not that warm, a bit rainy, things looked poor and then suddenly from mid September right through October they were hit with a perfect Indian summer. Most grapes were harvested at Auslese level and above. 30% lower crops due to the cool summer. Plenty of petillance, pale lemon gold. A gentle nose, white blossom (hawthorn), talcum powder. Minerality in its most fingertip-delicate expression. Delicate on the palate as well. Essence of white peach. Nectarines. Terribly terribly pretty. Dances with the lightest of point on the tongue. Exquisite balance. Really persistent, floral, and with a depth of flavour that takes my breath away. Every time I taste it there is something else. Stunning. 18.5/20 points (TC)  (5/2013)

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