2005 Joh. Jos. Prüm Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spätlese
*Collectibles* Silky and suave, with violet, lime, mineral and scallion aromas and flavors. Concentrated and graceful. Closed for now, this needs a year or so to open up, but will develop well. Fine class and harmony.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The Prum 2005 Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spatlese smells of talcum and lemon and black raspberry candies. Creamy and faintly oily in texture and impressively clinging in its citrus, berry, vanilla, and wet stone character, this rich Spatlese preserves invigorating fresh fruit acidity even as it nods subtly in a caramelized, honeyed direction. (DS)
Wine & Spirits
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The steep slopes of the Himmelreich provided some wonderful wines in 2005, and Raimund Prüm’s offering has turned out well. It’s a touch more muscular than some vintages, but finely focused, marrying aromas of green apple and crushed stone with flavors of honey, peach and pineapple and ending in a long, mouthwatering finish.
According to Claude Kolm in the Fine Wine Review: "And so we come to what Stuart Pigott has justly called the world's greatest white wine estate. Dr. Manfred Prüm is now assisted by his talented daughter Katharina who, like him, is a lawyer. Dr. Manfred Prüm thinks of his 2005s as a combination of 2004 and 2003, more classic than 2003, and richer than 2004. The harvest here was early, beginning on 6 October, and finished rapidly, contrary to the usual practice of waiting and harvesting late for the top wines... The Graacher Himmelreich Spätlese has spiced apple aromas with spiciness in the mouth, lots of minerality, some apple and pear flavors, succulence, and depth." (#113, November 2006)