2011 Joh. Jos. Prüm Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Gold Capsule Auslese (375ml)
**Editors' Choice** So lusciously ripe, with notes of mango and guava, this is an explosion of sweet fruit, honey and flowers. Searing citrus acidity cuts through the palate, highlighting layers of crushed stone and tea leaf that add complexity. It’s so exquisitely delicate, but lingers endlessly on the finish.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Pale golden yellow. Candied apricot, clove, nut oil and a touch of smoky botrytis on the nose. Creamy, tropical fruit flavors are nicely accented by salty minerality. This impressively rich auslese boasts a compelling finish animated by lemon curd and slate.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Candied, spiced apple and overripe Persian melon dominate the Prum 2011 Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Auslese gold capsule, with honeyed impingement both aromatically and on the palate reinforcing the sense of relative opacity and rounded richness that the other Graachers in this year’s collection displayed. Here the sense of delicacy is nearly weightless; intriguing and enticing notes of liquid peony and lily enter the picture mid-palate after the wine takes on air; and for all of the botrytization in effect, there is a welcome retention of primary juiciness, spurring a lusciously long finish. Look for four decades or more of luxuriant satisfaction.
Exhibits concentrated ripe peach and apricot flavors, with hints of chamomile and allspice. Intensely fruity midpalate, showing touches of elegance on the long, rich finish that features pastry and butter accents. Drink now through 2040.
Cask sample. Smells so young! Herbs and citrus and reductive and a slight pear aroma of fermentation still. Rich and creamy texture - cool, dense and full of energy even with this level of sweetness. A complete baby but with a great future. Rich orange and apricot aftertaste with a touch of spice.
From Mosel Fine Wines: "91+ points. This offers a rich and elegant nose of pear cream, with an exotic touch of pineapple and coconut. It appears rather light, minty and fresh when tasted alongside of its Wehlener and Bernkasteler siblings. The wine is silky and nicely balanced on the palate. It leaves a delicately creamy feel of rosewater and fruit salad in the long finish. This may easily warrant a higher rating with time if it can integrate all the great aromatics." (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)