2008 J.J. Prum Auslese Graacher Himmelreich RieslingRiesling from Germany
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- 95 Wine Spectator
95 Wine Spectator
"A superb auslese in the delicate, crackling style. Vibrant acidity provides relief for the floral, apple, peach, lime and slate aromas and flavors. Shows terrific balance and harmony, with a silky texture and a lingering aftertaste. Its best years are yet to come. Best from 2015 through 2032. 500 cases made." 95 Points - Wine Spectator
"The Prum’s 2008 Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Auslese is another of their wines this vintage to emphasize floral virtues, here buddleia and rowan, allied in the nose to quince, mint, and anise. Suggestions of salted caramel, malt, white raisin, and honey on the palate point toward the subtle presence of noble botrytis (most of which was picked out for gold capsule bottlings) with hints of citrus rind offering counterpoint."
"This has a sappy intensity and mouth-filling presence that depart slightly from the extremely delicacy of the majority of wines in the present collection. No doubt it will be worth following for 30-40 years. " 92 points - David Schildknecht - Wine Advocate
"A delicate nose of complex aromas with striking stony minerality goes alongside aromas of honeysuckle, white lilac, elder flower and white peach. Very taut yet filigreed on the palate, this pale, lemon-colored wine is sweet, yet crisp and poised. Ample juicy ripe fruit flavors persist across the palate and lead to a long and layered, refreshing finish." 90 Points - Wine Enthusiast
"The J.J. Prüm wines have a reputation for being very long-lived and Dr. Prüm suggests that even his Kabinett wines ideally be cellared for five years or more, Spätlesen and Auslesen of course longer. 20-years-old J.J.Prüm Kabinetts and Spätlesen are still vivid, and Auslesen remain fascinating for decades, not even to speak about Beerenauslesen (BA), Trockenbeerenauslesen (TBA) and Eisweine."
"However, Dr. Prüm acknowledges that also a very young Kabinett, Spätlese or Auslese can be extremely attractive – no complaint at all if such wines are savored with indulgence in their very youth already!"
"Unlike his father, who preferred to drink Auslesen and Beerenauslesen mostly, Manfred is fascinated by the whole spectrum of Prädikate and enjoys it best to celebrate the progression, possibly with a few wine enthusiasts, starting with delicate, racy Kabinetts, continuing with slightly richer Spätlesen and then even fuller-bodied, yet elegant Auslesen, and – in the best case - finally climaxing in an aged BA, TBA or Eiswein."
"The 55 acre estate consists of about 90% ungrafted, old vines. Holdings are in the best parts of the top Middle-Mosel sites: Wehlener Sonnenuhr, Graacher Himmelreich, Zeltinger Sonnenuhr, Bernkasteler Lay and Bernkasteler Badstube. Plantings of the estate are 100 % Riesling and on steeply sloping Devon schist soil." -Importer