2007 Joh. Jos. Prüm Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spätlese (Previously $44)

SKU #1044070 93 points Wine & Spirits

 At this stage, this feels much more open and generous than its Sonnenuhr counterpart, showing bright, floral flavors of tangerine and white peach. Its bold, rounded depth of fruit reveals more nuance and complexity the longer this sits in the glass, and it should feel even more focused and complete in a few years, after shedding its initial puppy fat.  (10/ 2009)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Very delicate, precise and detailed. Violet, slate and peach aromas are followed by mint and peach flavors, with an ever-present back note of mineral. There's wonderful harmony and balance. Drink now through 2028.  (4/ 2009)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The Prums’ 2007 Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spatlese represents another intensification of the corresponding Kabinett. Lemon, apple, blackcurrant, peach, honeysuckle, mint, and narcissus inform the nose and palate. An invigorating alliance of citrus, apply tartness, crushed stone, and salty minerality carries into a generous, irresistible finish. Here is the epitome of delicacy and transparency in Mosel Riesling. While might be a sense in which this is marginally less profound than its fellow Prum Spatlesen, that does not make it any less delicious. Moreover, the record is clear that wines from Himmelreich are among the longest-lived and ultimately most profound of any from this address. (DS)  (6/ 2009)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Green apple, lemon oil and clover on the nose. Light and lively yet velvety on the palate. Rose petal and saline minerality mingle on the crisp, well-balanced, lipsmacking finish, which is long and elegant.  (1/ 2009)

K&L Notes

The '07 Prüm Himmelreich Spätlese is a bit more revealing aromatically than its Kabinett counterpart. Full of apricot and peach fruit on the palate with mineral overtones and compact structure, this is a nimble, broader style than the Sonnenuhr Spätlese and more immediately approachable.

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Varietal:

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.
Country:

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.
Sub-Region:

Mosel-Saar-Ruwer