2012 Joh. Jos. Prüm Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spätlese
Ripe and rich, this irresistibly fruity spätlese is concentrated with peach marmalade, guava and grapefruit flavors, but braced by a streak of lemon-lime acidity and a delicate spritz that tickles the palate. Satisfying and juicy, it finishes long with a hint of grapefruit-pith astringency. —A.I.
Piercing blackcurrant leaf aromas. Seems quite full for a Spätlese. Almost Auslese today, but Katharina Prüm says it has just opened out and was very shy. 17/20 points.
Graacher Himmelreich is situated just upstream from the famed Wehlener Sonnenuhr vineyard. With deeper, richer soils, this site is a little less steep, and its southwest exposure ensures that the wines from this site have a racy and juicy acid background that really make the wines sing. The 2012 vintage presented weather conditions at first challenging, then favorable. It may do Mosel fans well to follow the advice of Wine Spectator's 2012 vintage report: "For German wine fans, seeking out fastidious producers will be crucial when the 2012s hit the market." Manfred Prüm along with daughter Dr. Katharina Prüm turn out perennially classic, collectible Rieslings. From Mosel Fine Wines: "91 points. This delivers a great nose combining brown spices, some grapefruit and a hint of mango and quince. Some zestier and more floral elements come through after some extensive airing. The finish is comparatively ripe and long and leaves a delicious saline feel in the after-taste. This is gorgeous." (10/2013)