The Mosel River Valley is probably the most famous and arguably the most admired wine region of Germany. In its wider sense, it includes the adjacent Saar and Rüwer (hence Mosel-Saar-Rüwer), both tributaries of the Mosel River, however it is the middle Mosel (mittelmosel), in particular between and including the towns of Bernkastel-Kues and Erden that the most brilliant wines tend to be produced. Berkastel, Grach, Wehlen, and Zeltingen are some of the most famous wine towns here. All of the vineyards of J.J. Prüm are located within this prestigious strip. The Prüm family history in the Mosel dates back as early as 1156! However Johann Josef Prüm (1873 - 1944), founded the J.J. Prüm estate in 1911.
A cider-like sense of apple and spice already in the nose of the Prüm 2009 Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Spätlese (along with a whiff of fermentative funkiness) carries onto a sappy, refreshing palate – joined by dark cherry and cassis – finishing with a sense of fruit skin chew, ingratiating acidity, lip-smacking salinity, and savory suggestions of browned butter and milled grain. The longer this was open, the more interesting and less resistible it became. Expect 20 or more years of delight, but this may well be harder to keep one’s hands off of early-on than is usually the case with Prüm Rieslings. 91 points, David Schildknecht, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate #192.
Intense, yet delicate and well-sculpted, bursting with ginger, peach and touches of sarsaparilla. Very lively and saturated, delivering a long, rich finish. Loaded with mineral and smoke notes. Drink now through 2025. 93 Points. Wine Spectator, April 2011
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