2011 Joh. Jos. Prüm Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Auslese (Previously $45)

SKU #1114095 94 points Wine Spectator

 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)

92 points 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.  (2/2013)

91 points 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.)  (4/2013)

K&L Notes

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)

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Riesling

- While the rest of the world has often misappropriated the name--Welchriesling, Riesling Italico, Gray Riesling and Emerald Riesling are all names applied to varieties that are NOT Riesling--this exceptional German varietal has managed to maintain its identity. Perhaps its biggest claims to fame are its intoxicating perfume, often described as having honeyed stone fruit, herb, apple and citrus notes, and its incredible longevity - the wines lasting for decades. Aged Rieslings often take on a distinctive and alluring Petrol-like aroma. Within Germany, the grape seems to do best in the warming slate soils of the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer. Other German regions that turn out great Rieslings include Pfalz, Rheingau and Nahe. German Rieslings are made in a range of ripeness levels. The top wines are assigned Prädikat levels to describe their ripeness at harvest. These are: Kabinett, Spätlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese, Eiswein and Trockenbeerenauslese. Riesling has also achieved acclaim in France's Alsace, the only region in that country where the grape is officially permitted. Alsatian Rieslings are typically dry and wonderfully aromatic. Austrian Riesling is also steadily gaining praise and fine Riesling is also produced in Italy's Alto-Adige and Friuli, in Slovenia and much of Central and Eastern Europe. In the New World its stronghold is Australia, where it does best in the Eden and Clare Valleys. It is also planted in smaller amounts in New Zealand. In the US, winemakers are eschewing the syrupy sweet versions of the 1970s and 1980s, instead making elegant and balanced wines in both California and Washington State.
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Germany

- Thanks to a recent string of excellent vintages and to the reemergence of Germany onto the international wine writing scene, this is a country that's hot, hot, hot! Germany is divided into 13 wine Region and produces a very wide variety of wine styles, from incredibly high-acid, dry wines to some of the sweetest, most unctuous concoctions on the planet and even a few surprisingly hearty reds. Most of the highest-quality wines are grown on steep banks along the rivers in these Region. Small vineyards are still mostly hand tended and picked, due to the difficult nature of mechanization on these slopes. White wine production accounts for nearly 80% of the total with Riesling being the most important varietal, though Muller-Thurgau is still more widely planted. Click for a list of bestselling items from Germany.
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Mosel-Saar-Ruwer