2012 Joh. Jos. Prüm Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Gold Capsule Auslese
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. Editors’ Choice. A.I.
Just upstream from the 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 2012 vintage presented weather conditions both challenging, then favorable, and it would do consumers well to follow advice from the Wine Spectator's 2012 vintage report: "For German wine fans, seeking out fastidious producers will be crucial when the 2012s hit the market." Such is the cellar of Joh. Jos. Prüm, where Manfred Prüm along with daughter Dr. Katharina Prüm, turn out perennially classic, collectible Rieslings. Auslesen (selected harvest) are made from hand selected bunches of grapes and must comply with a legally mandated minimum must weight. The gold capsule signifies a wine of even greater quality. From Mosel Fine Wines: "93 points. This offers a comparatively ripe feel on the nose as well as a long and fresh finish. The wine is quite driven by minerals and herbs on 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." (10/2013)