As always, this is a tremendously refined and elegant Spätlese with delicate fruit aromas and flavours and a fine, fresh, mineral finish. 9% alc/vol.
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