2001 Joh. Jos. Prüm Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spätlese Mosel

SKU #1004662 95 points Wine Spectator

 A fantastic spätlese. Rich, succulent and harmonious, boasting peach, citrus and mineral aromas and flavors, all pure and displayed with finesse on a well-integrated structure. It picks up a creaminess and vanilla note on the endless finish. Drink now through 2020. *Smart Buys* (BS)  (3/2003)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The bigger, thicker, broader 2001 Riesling Spatlese Graacher Himmelreich is the masculine, broad-shouldered brother of the feminine, elegant Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spatlese. White chocolate, sage, smoky minerals, and poached pears can be found in its rich aromas. Medium-bodied, velvety-textured, and soft, it is a large, dense offering with copious quantities of poached pear, slate, gun flint, candied lemon and red currant flavors. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2020. (PR)  (12/2002)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 J.J. Prüm remains one of the masters. The complexity built into this wine is astounding: white peaches, melon, green apples, grapefruit, traces of minerals and nuts—all on a lithe frame that beautifully supports the fruit. (JC)  (3/2003)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 With its aromas of apple and vanilla, I guessed this to be a Wehlener. Glossy in texture and honeyed in flavor, it shows a hint of white raisin but also juicy citricity and snap and sap to its apple fruit. A vintage-typical spiciness adds further interest. (DS)  (11/2002)

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