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2016 Joh. Jos. Prum Graacher Himmelreich Spätlese Riesling Mosel (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1315935 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2016 Graacher Himmelreich Spätlese (AP 08 17) is discreet and smoky on the deep, well-defined nose. Juicy-piquant and salty on the well-structured and refreshingly mineral palate, the Himmelreich is tight and expressive, with the sweetness superbly balanced by the spicy, grippy phenols/minerals. This is a really complex Spätlese that is highly stimulating today and will still be so in 20 or 30 years. (SR) Inner quote mark (4/2018)

94 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark The 2016 AP #8 Spätlese from the Himmelreich is another wine that I had a chance to revisit at the estate and came away every bit as impressed by it in May as I was back in February, though it has started to blossom a bit and it seems likely that it will begin to drink with generosity a few years earlier than I thought when tasting the first bottle. The bouquet is pure, complex and a beautiful expression of the Himmelreich, wafting from the glass in a vibrant blend of green apple, lime, a hint of tangerine, a fine base of slate minerality, wild yeasts and a topnote of citrus blossoms. On the palate the wine is medium-full, pure and nicely succulent on the attack today, with fine intensity of flavor, bright, zesty acids and excellent focus and grip on the long, complex and perfectly balanced finish. Classic Spätlese from the Himmelreich. (Drink between 2020-2060) Inner quote mark (6/2018)

94 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Juicy but super elegant and refined with great mineral freshness, making this an extremely attractive wine. And yes, this has some sweetness but you'd hardly think so. Where are those spicy prawns? Drink or hold. Inner quote mark (6/2018)

91 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Despite a faintly cheesy, reductive “Mosel stink,” fresh apple and pineapple project a penetratingly fragrant as well as tangy personality to this polished, glossy, buoyant bottling. For now, it lacks the clarity, precision or interest of the corresponding Kabinett, but it’s obviously early days, especially in consideration of the glacial pace at which Prüm wines often evolve. Certainly, though, there is admirable and refreshing sheer length. (ST) Inner quote mark (1/2018)

K&L Notes

92pts Mosel Fine Wines: "This opens up to a captivating nose made of ripe fruits yellow peach, pear, honeyed apple and cinnamon, all joined by some candied grapefruit and tangerine after some airing. The wine proves juicy as fresher flavors of peach and apple emerge on very pure palate. A great underlying touch of freshness runs through the wine, leaving one with some intense flavors of grapefruit and smoky slate in the very long and intense finish. 2026-2041." (10/2017)

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