2010 Joh. Jos. Prüm Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spätlese (Pre-Arrival)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Lemon, pineapple, and blackcurrant site-typically scent the Prum 2010 Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spatlese and are then projected onto a palate underlain with wet stone. A faintly smoky, prickly aura of reduction doesn’t preclude one relishing this wine’s effusive, delectable juiciness. Indeed, like the bit of CO2 Spritz that typically characterizes Prum Rieslings, it somehow enhances the wines appealingly invigorating nervous energy. Salt and stone seem to be thoroughly deposited in a tongue-quivering finish. Expect this to – again in estate-typical fashion – reward 20-30 years’ bottle maturation. (DS)
Juicy, with ripe citrus and pear tart flavors accented by currant and gooseberry notes. The racy finish is powered by mineral and sea salt. Drink now through 2015. (Web-02012)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Apricot pit, lime zest and clove on the nose. The delicate nectarine flavor [and] creamy texture are held aloft by nutmeg and mineral salts. Bright and lively spatlese, with a slate element providing lift to the satisfying finish.
This vibrant, elegant and classical Graacher Himmelreich Spätlese shows an appealing interplay between a pronounced minerality, crisp acidity and fine fruit aromas and flavours. More ageing will result into even more harmony and finesse. 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. They focus solely on Riesling from famous sites like Wehlener Sonnenuhr, Graacher Himmelreich, Zeltinger Sonnenuhr and Bernkasteler Badstube. They are currently one of only nine wine estates in Germany ranked five stars by Gault Millau, which is the European wine world’s equivalent to the Michelin guide. Their Rieslings are renowned for their aging potential and are sought after by collectors. International Winery of the Year 2009 and 2010, Wine & Spirits Magazine.