2009 Joh. Jos. Prüm Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spätlese Mosel

SKU #1062949 93 points Wine Spectator

 Very racy and powerful, with lots of mineral and sea salt notes to the fresh and vibrant flavors of nectarine and lemon-lime. Pure and long on the finish, with hints of licorice and savory herb. (KM)  (4/2011)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Pink grapefruit, banana, cassis and lily perfume announce the extreme ripeness of fruit that informed the Prums’ 2009 Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spatlese. Juicy and extroverted on the palate, it packs a sense of sassy brightness that perfectly compliments any tendency toward extravagant or over-indulgent ripeness. As to your being over-indulgent by drinking some, I’d say, 'yes, you would be - fortunately.' I see no need to wait for a half dozen years to approach this. On the other hand, if you wait 25, this wine will still be waiting for you and in good shape. (DS)  (12/2010)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Subtle bouquet of gooseberry and nut oil, with a trace of something floral. On the palate the creamy nectarine fruit is counterpointed by citrus and slate. The long finish blends spices and mineral salts. (JP)  (2/2011)

Jancis Robinson

 That special J J Prüm scent is beginning to find its equilibrium. The customary herbaceous note has mellowed into a gently minty and fumy composition to add complexity to the fragrance of ripe local fruit. There is nothing ostentatious about the nose, but the palate is still very tactile, almost astringent with minerality, adding quite a bite to the juicy expression of grapefruit and peach. 18/20 points (MS)  (7/2015)

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By: Eric Story | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/11/2016 | Send Email
The brilliance of the 2009 physiological ripeness really shines through on this one. Beautiful fresh apple and white peach highlight a light and delicate structure. A glowing Spatlese!

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