2011 Joh. Jos. Prüm Riesling Kabinett

SKU #1114100 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 From a mixture of Bernkastel and Graach sites plus a bit of Wehlen, the generic Prum 2011 Riesling Kabinett displays aromas already way above its station in complexity, featuring penetrating and metaphorically cooling scents of spearmint, apple blossom, fresh apple, cherry and lime, all of which – along with lusciously-dripping honeydew melon – then figure on a delicately refreshing, subtly spritzy palate that finishes with mouthwatering juiciness and impeccably-integrated, entirely discreet residual sugar. This fine value – whose May bottling, incidentally, was the estate’s first – will deliver delightful satisfaction for at least a dozen years.  (4/2013)

90 points Wine Spectator

 This features ripe lime and slate notes on an elegant frame, with lively hints of white chocolate and vanilla. The rich finish of peaches and cream is accented by light, smoky notes. Drink now through 2020.  (12/2012)

Jancis Robinson

 A little smoky and a lot stony all entwined with a spark of lime fruit. Fabulous tension, coiled spring but also elegant and refined. Really crisp and zesty but there's sophistication too and excellent length.  (7/2012)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Apricot and mint on the nose. Supple papaya fruit on the palate. The appealing finish shows a spicy kick.  (2/2013)

K&L Notes

From Mosel Fine Wines: "90 points. The Riesling Kabinett is typically made from fruit out of Graach and Bernkastel. It offers a gorgeous nose of smoke, white peach and pear on the nose and is comparatively light and juicy on the palate. This is quite irresistible and a great success in the vintage." (10/2012) Weingut Joh. Jos. Prum was founded in 1911 by Johann Josef Prum. Today it is owned and managed by Dr. Manfred Prüm and his daughter Dr. Katharina Prüm. They focus solely on Riesling from famous sites like Wehlener Sonnenuhr, Graacher Himmelreich, Zeltinger Sonnenuhr and Bernkasteler Badstube. Their Rieslings are renowned for their ageing potential and are sought after by collectors. 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. 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)

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