2009 Dr. F. Weins Prum Graacher Domprobst Riesling Kabinett

Year: 2009
Appellation: Mosel-Saar-Ruwer
Country: Germany
Wine Spectator: 91
Wine Advocate: 89
White Wine
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"Finely balanced, with the intense minerality playing off the concentrated peach, apricot and glazed quince flavors. Elegant and rich on the finish, which offers a seductive creaminess and a hint of savory spice. Drink now through 2025." (WS)

"At 9% alcohol yet still with 46 grams residual sugar left behind, the Weins-Prum 2009 Graacher Domprobst Riesling Kabinett offers a striking contrast with the corresponding Himmelreich feinherb, inasmuch as here scents and flavors of mango, pink grapefruit, and musk melon prevail that spell “really ripe.” On the polished palate, this is quite expansive and lush for a Kabinett, displaying site-typical underlying nuttiness, but at the same time retains refreshment and adds cooling suggestions of mint and tarragon in its sweetly sappy, impressively persistent finish. I expect this will perform well for 15 or more years.

Bert Selbach is a conservative grower in several to me admirable respects. He decries the rush to bottling that he thinks often results in aromatically stunted Riesling. He is skeptical of the project of Grosses Gewachs, in particular for the Mosel, and concerned to render dry wines of modest alcohol, at the same time believing in restrained levels of residual sugar at every Pradikat level of non-dry Riesling. And what some suspect represents lack of ambition on his part can also be seen as good sense: he prefers not to attempt to extract from a given harvest categories of wine (whether that’s trocken in 2003; Kabinett in 2006; or Auslese in 2008) that he thinks are do not reflect the vintage’s fortes. In 2009, he rendered a full range. When I noted that his trocken Rieslings this year seemed especially well-balanced, he remained his usual, guarded self, noting that “often the alcohol in a dry Riesling is more noticeable in the second year.” (Due to time constraints, I omitted tasting either of Selbach’s two generic Riesling bottlings, one trocken, which as usual unite from the Ruwer and Middle Mosel.)" (WA)

Winery Notes:
Sebastian Alois Prüm (1794 - 1871) was the patriarch of the original Prüm estate. Since Mathias Prüm (1835 - 1890) was the only one of his six sons to marry, the estate remained undivided for his generation. In 1911, however, it was finally divided among Mathias four sons and three daughters. Anna Prüm, the youngest of the children, and her husband used their inheritance to start Dr. F. Weins-Prüm estate.

A cellar with vaulted ceilings from an old Prüm home forms the foundation for today's manor house that the couple built in 1924. It is located on the banks of the Mosel, along with the other Prüm homes and right next door to J.J. Prüm.

After World War II, daughter Marianne Weins married Mr. Selbach who came from an Ürzig wine growing family with a wine making tradition dating back to 1664. In the marriage the Selbach holdings in Ürzig were transferred to the Dr. F. Weins-Prüm estate. They complemented the already existing holding in the :

Wehlener Sonnenuhr
Wehlener Klosterberg
Graacher Himmelreich
Graacher Domprobst
Waldracher Sonnenberg

The above original holding of the Dr. F. Weins-Prüm estate are primarily through inheritance from the original Prüm estate. 1952 the Mr. Selbach acquired portions of the famous Erdener Prälat vineyard. One of the great sites in the middle Mosel.

In 1978 after a serious illness, Mr. Selbach asked his son Hubert, Bert for short and a banker by profession, to take charge of the estate. Today under Bert's direction the wines not only offer great value, but also great quality, especially his Wehlener Sonnenuhr wines. The Wehlener Sonnenuhr wines are always very elegant, impeccable Rieslings and always amongst the best produced from this great vineyard.

The estate totals 12.5 acres, most on steeply sloping terrain, and is planted 100% to Riesling.

The estate is a founding member of the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer V.D.P. Almost half of the 6,000 cases of production are for export, primarily to Japan and the United States.