2016 Joh. Jos. Prüm Bernkasteler Badstube Spätlese Riesling Mosel

SKU #1336754 92 points Vinous

 Sultry, headily sweet scents of lily and gardenia mingle with those of fresh apple and dark cherry. The buoyant, subtly creamy palate is loaded with inner-mouth perfume that carries into a lusciously lingering finish tinged with nicely contrasting alkaline and set stone notes. (DS)  (1/2018)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Notes of pear and nectarine are accented by crunchy acidity on the supple profile in this lovely Riesling. Pure and focused, with good tension between the elements. Features a long, mineral-tinged finish. (AZ)  (6/2018)

91 points John Gilman

 The 2016 Spätlese AP #4 from the Badstube is a very good wine in the making, but it was pretty closed and reductive at the time of our tasting. With some rather extended swirling in the glass for encouragement, the wine eventually offers up a promising bouquet of green apple, pink grapefruit, petrol, slate, lime zest and a topnote of dried flowers. On the palate the wine is crisp, medium-full and delicate in profile, with a nice mid-palate, bright acids and excellent focus and grip on the primary and zesty finish. This is a very, very young wine today and will need at least a decade of bottle age to really start to blossom, but it should prove to be a fine drink once it is ready to go. 2026-2055+  (5/2018)

K&L Notes

91 points Mosel Fine Wines: "This is still very primary and still marked by residues of spontaneous fermentation at first before whipped almond cream, yellow peach and minty herbs kick in, quickly joined by riper notes of pear and candied melon. The wine is superbly smooth and creamy on the palate. Plenty of yellow and candied fruits add charm and delicacy to this superbly light and creamy Spätlese. 2024-2036" (Jean Fisch and David Rayer, 10/2017)

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- While the rest of the world has often misappropriated the name--Welchriesling, Riesling Italico, Gray Riesling and Emerald Riesling are all names applied to varieties that are NOT Riesling--this exceptional German varietal has managed to maintain its identity. Perhaps its biggest claims to fame are its intoxicating perfume, often described as having honeyed stone fruit, herb, apple and citrus notes, and its incredible longevity - the wines lasting for decades. Aged Rieslings often take on a distinctive and alluring Petrol-like aroma. Within Germany, the grape seems to do best in the warming slate soils of the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer. Other German regions that turn out great Rieslings include Pfalz, Rheingau and Nahe. German Rieslings are made in a range of ripeness levels. The top wines are assigned Prädikat levels to describe their ripeness at harvest. These are: Kabinett, Spätlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese, Eiswein and Trockenbeerenauslese. Riesling has also achieved acclaim in France's Alsace, the only region in that country where the grape is officially permitted. Alsatian Rieslings are typically dry and wonderfully aromatic. Austrian Riesling is also steadily gaining praise and fine Riesling is also produced in Italy's Alto-Adige and Friuli, in Slovenia and much of Central and Eastern Europe. In the New World its stronghold is Australia, where it does best in the Eden and Clare Valleys. It is also planted in smaller amounts in New Zealand. In the US, winemakers are eschewing the syrupy sweet versions of the 1970s and 1980s, instead making elegant and balanced wines in both California and Washington State.


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