2011 Joh. Jos. Prüm Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Auslese (Previously $40)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Given the outstanding performances of its Kabinett and Spatlese counterparts, I approached the Prum 2011 Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Auslese with keen anticipation and was not disappointed. Here are cherries poached in musk and Persian melon juices, steeped with brown spices and headily wreathed in gardenia perfume. The combination of succulence and delicacy is attention-grabbing and a hint of salinity and crustacean-like savor grabs the salivary glands for a long finishing engagement. This striking beauty should be worth cellaring for decades.
Juicy, rich and lush, with flavors of white cherry, ginger, apple crisp and ripe pear. There are some light smoky notes in this as well, showing a light viscosity to the engaging creaminess. Sage honey accents carry through on the finish. Drink now through 2036. (Web Only- 2012)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Golden yellow. Delicate aromas of pineapple, mango and oyster shell. Juicy, full-bodied tropical fruit flavors are lifted by refreshing minerality. Refined and spicy on the finish, this is a classical auslese that demands to be drunk more than tasted or judged.
92 points from Mosel Fine Wines: "Made nearly exclusively from a prime parcel in Lay, this offers a great fresh feel of white and yellow fruits, some smoke, dried herbs and brown spices. The wine is delicately fizzy on the palate, which adds to the joyful and playful feeling that this wines leaves in the long after-taste. This is a great success which remains devilishly easy to drink." (10/2012) Enjoying a little less sun in the morning and more sun in the afternoon the wines from Bernkasteler Badstube, which border those of the Graacher Himmelreich, tend to be just a bit lighter and more delicate than those of its neighbor. The 2011 vintage was marked by perfect springtime weather conditions, a nice, drawn out, somewhat cool summer and lovely fall that allowed for extended hang times and, in turn, excellent ripening. Somewhat similar to the 2007 vintage, the quality in 2011 is fantastic and the wines are abundant. But unlike 2010, where the grapes were über-ripe, the main focus of the vintage is the Kabinett, Spätlese and Auslese wines. Even at such an early stage of development the wines are clearly showing the different vineyard characteristics and the fantastic promise of the vintage. The 2011s will be slightly more accessible earlier on (5-15 years depending on Prädikat), but with their complexity, elegance and fine structure the aging potential is frustratingly fantastic (patience may be required). (Eric Story, K&L German Wine Buyer)