2014 Joh. Jos. Prum Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett 375 ml

Year: 2014
Appellation: Mosel-Saar-Ruwer
Country: Germany
Wine Spectator: 92
Wine Advocate: 90+
Vinous Media: 91
Wine Enthusiast: 93
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 8.0%
Price :
$14.95

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"A racy and intense white, showing white berry, apple and lemon-lime flavors, with fresh minerality. Rich notes of rose petal, dried mint and chamomile emerge on the crunchy finish. Drink now through 2021. 700 cases imported.–KM" (WS)

"The 2014 Riesling Graacher Himmelreich Kabinett is clear and smoky on the quite intense nose, and offers some vegetal aromas. Full-bodied and intense, with juicy fruitiness, this wine is still very young but expressive and compact in its structured and piquant, if not racy in its acidity style. The finish is complex and long. It is very promising, but needs to age some years.

Dr Manfred Prüm says, "2014 was a very expensive harvest. We made a brown harvest when we negative-selected all rotten grapes. We had to do a pre-selection because the maturity of the berries on one grape was not homogenous. Therefore, we picked the top vineyards rather late. We started the main harvest after ten days, since the acidity levels went down. So we accepted 20% to 25% of green grapes and 5% of noble rot. Towards the end of the harvest we picked the noble botrytis grapes, which was again a selection between rot and noble rot."

The result of the 2014 harvest contains Kabinett, Spätlese and Auslese Rieslings including the Gold Cap from the Graacher Himmelreich. There is no Auslese from the Zeltinger Sonnenuhr in 2014 "because there was simply no time to select it." A good Auslese has been picked in the old, steep part of the Bernkasteler Lay and there the Badstube a Spätlese and Auslese were selected. In Graach, there was more noble rot in 2014 and team JJ Prüm picked this vineyard at the latest." (WA)

"Apple, honeydew melon and lemon dominate this infectiously juicy bottling, to which hints of honeysuckle, tarragon and elder flower add allure. There is an almost starchy sense of textural richness and palpable extract midpalate, yet without any sacrifice in levity, crunchiness or-when it comes to the wine’s long, mouthwateringly salt-tinged finish-refreshment." (VM)

"Deep, dusty slate and smoke tones rim the edges of this sleek, laser-edged Kabinett. It's intensely concentrated in lemon and lime flavors, but darkly mineral as well, finishing on sweet-tart hits of citrus and salt. Delicious now, it should only improve over the next decade." (WE)