2011 Joh. Jos. Prüm Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Gold Capsule Auslese
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2011 Bernkasteler Badstube Auslese gold capsule, notes Katharina Prum, marks – like the estate’s other gold capsule bottlings from this vintage – the point where botrytis begins to play a significant role. The nose offers finely fungal, musky animal and white raisin confirmation of the previous statement. Behind that lie intimations of lime meringue, spiced apple jelly and creme de cassis, all of which translate into a palate impression at once subtly honeyed and vivacious, confitured yet buoyant, and ultimately downright refreshing. Nips of lime and grapefruit rind as well as apple skin and brown spices not to mention saliva-drawing salinity add to the sustained stimulation of a magnificent finish. This multi-layered, enticingly-interactive gem is going to keep its immediate siblings on their toes over the next half century.
96 points from Mosel Fine Wines: "Made nearly exclusively from fruit out of the Lay, this awesome study in botrytis purity is driven by remarkably focused notes of pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, marzipan, honey and coconut. The balance on the palate is immaculate and the finish long and comparatively airy, in many ways, this reminds us of the glorious 2006er Bernkasteler Badstube BA, only a tad lighter and livelier. This is simply a stunner of a wine and a must have for lovers of botrytis-affected wines." (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. 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)