2011 Joh. Jos. Prüm Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Auslese (Previously $45)
A savory and delicate style, with well-integrated passion fruit, apple compote and Key lime pie flavors. Zesty acidity and notes of chive and green herbs give this plenty of snap. Candied mango notes linger on the plush finish. Drink now through 2034. (Web Only- 2012)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Pale golden yellow. Lively aromas of peach pit, honeysuckle and candied lemon. Bright and spicy, but with a velvety, creamy texture to its plush papaya fruit. Herbal essences heighten the pleasingly ripe, supple finish. Not a showy wine but a lovely auslese.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Prum’s 2011 Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Auslese A.P. #17 features an aura of decadent lily with almost overripe Golden Delicious apple and Persian melon capped by pungent hints of yeast and candied lemon rind. Lush, very ripe fruit concentration on the palate receives in addition to inner-mouth lily perfume a slick of honey suggesting the subtle effect of botrytis. Broad and rounded, this offers a luxuriant, soothing finish, if not one that refreshes or stimulates in the manner of the better Prum 2011s. But then, it seems that this year’s Prum Graachers, as a group, need more time and will especially bear re-tasting in 2013 -- though Katharina Prum says that before bottling they showed much more generously. (As is true of the corresponding Spatlesen, there will be two 'regular' Himmelreich Auslese bottlings.)
From Mosel Fine Wines: "93 points. This offers gorgeously fresh and juicily ripe scents of pear, freshly cut garden apple and star anise. The wine is playful, spicy and intense on the palate and offers a superbly zesty feeling of fruits and smoke in the quite powerful finish. This is very attractive!" (10/2012) 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. Even at such an early stage of development the wines are clearly showing the different vineyard characteristics and the fantastic promise of the vintage. Just upstream from the famed Wehlener Sonnenuhr is the Graacher Himmelreich. With deeper, richer soils, this site is a little less steep and its south-west exposure ensures the wines from this site always have a racy and juicy acid background that really make the wines sing. 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)