2011 Joh. Jos. Prüm Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Spätlese (Previously $35)
Elegant, with rich citrus overtones to the passion fruit, melon and baked pineapple flavors. A touch languid, with notes of lemon cake and white chocolate that linger on the rich, well-honeyed finish. Drink now through 2032. (Web Only- 2012)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The Prum 2011 Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Spatlese is scented and flavored with spearmint- and crushed stone-infused; musk-, lily- and peony-wreathed apple, honeydew melon, and blueberry, with an invigoratingly tart chew of berry skin lending counterpoint to the wine’s luscious, silky texture and its consequently succulently soothing aspects, including a seductive sense of liquid floral perfume. While this hasn’t the transparency or interactivity that characterized the corresponding Kabinett, it largely makes up for this with its own distinct virtues. Look for three decades of delight.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Supple aromas of cling peach, sweet lime and wild herbs. The rich, deep, velvety passion fruit flavor is animated by an elegant acid backbone that gives the wine poise. Ends on a delicately spicy note.
From Mosel Fine Wines: "91 points. This offers rich and elegant flavors of yellow peach, mirabelle, pear and spices but also cooler smoky scents of laurel and lily flowers. The wine is juicy and deliciously spicy on the palate and offers a most elegant and airy feel in the finish." (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)