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2015 Joh. Jos. Prüm Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spätlese #12

Light capsule condition issue; signs of past seepage; light label condition issue

ITEM 8463441 - Removed from a subterranean, temperature and humidity controlled residential cellar

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I8463441 1 $50 Oct 2, 2022
I8443622 1 $50 Sep 18, 2022
I8442241 1 $50 Sep 18, 2022
I8356133 2 $60 Jul 31, 2022
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RATINGS

95James Suckling

A great spätlese that is really ripe, but still vibrant, elegant and subtle. Sensational interplay of all the components that make this a very classic... This has a personality all of its own (something floral that's unusual for this site).

94Vinous / IWC

...ripe honeydew melon with cassis, grapefruit, and hints of cress and lemon peel that subsequently lend incisive, piquant invigoration on a delicate, polished, infectiously juicy palate. Penetrating and sharply focused...the tinglingly, refreshingly citric yet soothing and cooling finish serves up a shimmering array of stony, smoky, alkaline and crystalline nuances.

93The Wine Advocate

...clear, intense and flinty on the nose, very precise but well concentrated... Round and piquant, with a stimulating fruit and salinity, this is a very well-defined, crystalline and straight Spätlese of great finesse and elegance.

92Wine Spectator

A racy, tensile version, whose peach, apple and lime flavors are stretched tight along its axis. Delicate, vibrant and mouthwatering on the long finish.

17Jancis Robinson

Almonds on the (rather intense) nose. Extremely tense and tight. Marked acidity and juiciness.

PRODUCER

Joh. Jos. Prüm

Joh. Jos. Prum in Bernkastel-Wehlen is one of the world’s legendary producers of Riesling. In fact the estate makes only Riesling from vines that on average are at least 50 years old. The estate was founded in 1911 by Johann Josef Prum, though its reputation for making outstanding wine came about after 1930, when Prum’s son Sebastian took over. Today the 43-acre estate is owned and run by Sebastian’s sons Manfred and Wolfgang. About 10,000 cases of wine are produced annually. In outstanding vintages the estate produces a “gold cap” bottling that is recognizable by the gold foil capsules. There are occasionally also “long gold cap” vintages, considered even more superior. Robert M. Parker Jr. calls the long gold cap wines “liquid gold sought by collectors the world over.”

REGION

Germany, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer

Mosel-Saar-Ruwer is Germany’s most prestigious wine region and it is comprised of the vineyards surrounding the Mosel River and its tributaries, the Saar and Ruwer. This region is the northernmost of Germany’s primary viticultural areas, located on the western edge of Germany just above the northeast corner of France. Internationally Mosel Rieslings are considered among the finest white wines in the world. In Germany and elsewhere, the region’s name is often shortened simply to Mosel, and in fact since 2007 Mosel has been the formal name of the region for viticultural purposes. The references to Saar and Ruwer were dropped for ease of marketing. The distinctively crisp, mineral tasting, acidic Rieslings produced in Mosel are attributed partly to the region’s slate soils and extremely vertiginous vineyards. Many vineyards are on 60 to 80 percent cent inclines along the three rivers. Riesling grapes represent more than half of all the grapes grown in Mosel, followed by Muller-Thurgau, a white wine grape related to Riesling, and Elbling, an indigenous white wine grape often used for sparkling wines.

TYPE

White Wine, Riesling, Spätlese

This white variety originated in Germany. It’s known for its strong flowery aromas and high acidity. Please note Rieslings can have dramatic differences as the grape can be used to make dry, semi-sweet, sweet and sparkling wines.