2012 Joh. Jos. Prüm Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Auslese
Crushed stone and smoke mingle with luscious stonefruit and crisp, green herb on this multifaceted auslese. Each sip reveals a different dimension of fruit, earth or flora, all against a backdrop of honey and acid. A lovely wine to sip and contemplate through a long, meandering finish. —A.I.
93 points Mosel Fine Wines: "This offers a comparatively ripe feel on the nose as well as a long and fresh finish. The wines is quite driven by minerals and herbs n the palate and leaves an airy and smoky feel in the long and smooth finish. The wine develops a cool, zesty and minty side with airing. 2027-2047." (10/2013) Graacher Himmelreich is situated just upstream from the famed Wehlener Sonnenuhr vineyard. With deeper, richer soils, this site is a little less steep, and its southwest exposure ensures that the wines from this site have a racy and juicy acid background that really make the wines sing. The 2012 vintage presented weather conditions at first challenging, then favorable. It may do Mosel fans well to follow the advice of Wine Spectator's 2012 vintage report: "For German wine fans, seeking out fastidious producers will be crucial when the 2012s hit the market." Manfred Prüm along with daughter Dr. Katharina Prüm turn out perennially classic, collectible Rieslings.