2011 Dr F Weins-Prüm Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese

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According to importer Rudi Weist: "After World War II, daughter Marianne Weins married Mr. Selbach who came from an Ürzig wine growing family with a wine making tradition dating back to 1664. In the marriage the Selbach holdings in Ürzig were transferred to the Dr. F. Weins-Prüm estate. They complemented the already existing holding in the :Wehlener Sonnenuhr, Wehlener Klosterberg, Graacher Himmelreich, Graacher Domprobst, Waldracher Sonnenberg. The above original holding of the Dr. F. Weins-Prüm estate are primarily through inheritance from the original Prüm estate." Dompost is in the Graach in the heart of the Mittel Mosel. It is fragrant, with a classic Riesling nose of lime, peach, blossom and stony minerals, with a hint of petrol. A fine beam of acidity runs through ripe apple and stone fruit flavors on the palate. Balanced and delicious now, with capacity to age. "If you haven't had the wines from this estate you should. They are classy, elegant and don't try to beat you into submission by being anything they are not." (Eric Story, K&L German Wine Buyer)

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