2011 Joh. Jos. Prüm Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spätlese (Pre-Arrival)
*Top 100 Wines of 2013* Features a savory aroma, with flavors to match, showing good acidity to the juicy apple, pear and white currant flavors. Curry notes extend on the finish, displaying plenty of cream. Powerfully structured and deep with spice. Drink now through 2032. (Web Only- 2012)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Site-typical scents and bursting juiciness of mint-tinged grapefruit, pineapple, and apple inform the Prum 2011 Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spatlese A.P. #12, albeit with a bit of a yeasty, cheesy veil that needs to blow off. A delightful inner-mouth floral perfume -- akin to honeysuckle -- along with a slick of honey add decadent richness to the palate. Hints of apple pip piquancy and chew of tart apple skin along with crushed stone accents lend counterpoint to the succulently-sustained finish. It seems that for whatever reason -- the Prums confess to having no clue -- their Graachers are behind their other wines in evolution. Look for "the usual" quarter-century or more of admirable service. (There will be a second bottling.)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Melon, mango and lemongrass dominate the bouquet. Sweet and succulent in the mouth, offering mandarin orange, cherry pit and subtle slate flavors. Still a touch austere, but animated on the finish.
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. 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. These quintessential growing conditions enabled the Prum estate to bottle all Prädikat levels, Kabinett to noble sweet. But unlike 2010, where the grapes were über-ripe, the main focus of the vintage is the Kabinett, Spätlese and Auslese wines. 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)