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

Year: 2014
Appellation: Mosel
Country: Germany
Wine Spectator: 92
Wine Advocate: 93+
Vinous Media: 90+
Wine Enthusiast: 93
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 7.0%
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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)

"Ripe tropical fruit aromas such as pineapples and mangoes mingle with coolish stone and smoky aromas on the 2014 Riesling Graacher Himmelreich Spätlese; this leads to a sweet and piquant palate, with charming fruitiness and concentration. This wine is precise, pure and piquant, revealing a lot of salty stones on the palate, bright fruit flavors and a long,complex finish--again with white peach and nectarine flavors, and a persistent salinity. Great Spätlese.

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)

"Fresh apple laced with mint and lemon peel emerge from behind of veil of yeastiness and fermentative funk, then dominate a polished palate, leading to a finish in which the fruit is perfectly supported by residual sugar and underlain by wet stone. With time, this will open up more, though probably without rivaling the sheer juiciness and delicacy of its Kabinett counterpart." (VM)

"Savory whiffs of earth and pollen belie the bounty of luscious tangerine and stone fruit flavors that await on the palate of this delicate spätlese. It's juicy and thirst quenching yet subtle, nuanced by hits of struck flint and salt. Gossamer-fine texture and bristling acidity lend tautness. It's delicious now but should gain depth and definition through 2025." (WE)