2005 Joh. Jos. Prüm Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spätlese Mosel

SKU #1026140 95 points Wine Enthusiast

 Pungent at first, with diesel notes to go with smoky, leesy scents. But give this wine time, because on the palate the quality is immediately obvious. There's great intensity and depth married to elegance and persistence, complexity combined with purity. Flavors of apple, slate and citrus linger seemingly forever. A masterpiece that should easily last until at least 2030. *Editors' Choice* (JC)  (6/2007)

95 points Wine Spectator

 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. Best from 2008 through 2025. *Collectibles* (BS)  (2/2007)

91-92 points 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)  (2/2007)

91 points Wine & Spirits

 No tasting note given.  (4/2007)

K&L Notes

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)

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