2016 Joh. Jos. Prüm Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Kabinett Mosel

SKU #1337049 91 points Vinous

 Behind some fermentative notes on the nose come Bernkastel-typical scents of mint-tinged lime and fresh dark cherry that set the theme for a delicate, polished, juicy palate performance. This finishes with lift and refreshment, its sweetness supportive but not at all blatant, and with subtle wet stone underpinnings perceived with watercolor-like transparency through a wash of fruit flavors. (DS)  (1/2018)

K&L Notes

90+ points Mosel Fine Wines: "Elegantly floral elements open the way for whipped cream, vineyard peach, cassis and pear on the nose. While still quite primary, the wine develops good presence on the palate, where some cream, pear and other yellow ripe fruits come through and make for a comparatively soft and smooth feel in the delicately fruity and juicy finish. This nice and somewhat direct expression of fruity Kabinett will need some years in the bottle to develop even more complexity and finesse. 2022-2036" (Jean Fisch and David Rayer, 10/2017)

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