This is the vineyard that is most often compared with the Wehlener Sonnenhur these days. At J.J. Prüm the tasting is typically set up as a comparative tasting between the wines of this vineyard and those of the Wehlener Sonnenuhr. The Graacher is typically finer, more mineral, with more citrus notes and it is often more open as a young wine. Like all of the J.J. Prüm 2008s, this is truly an outstanding wine. Wonderfully perfumed, very floral, with a fine, delicate, pure palate and a long, mandarin scented finish.
As this wine shows, Mosel Auslesen are not “sweet” dessert wines, but racy, attractive partners for main courses – or even appetizers. Alc: 7.5 % by vol. “The Prüm’s 2008 Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Auslese is another of their wines this vintage to emphasize floral virtues, here buddleia and rowan, allied in the nose to quince, mint, and anise. Suggestions of salted caramel, malt, white raisin, and honey on the palate point toward the subtle presence of noble botrytis (most of which was picked out for gold capsule bottlings) with hints of citrus rind offering counterpoint. This has a sappy intensity and mouth-filling presence that depart slightly from the extremely delicacy of the majority of wines in the present collection. No doubt it will be worth following for 30-40 years. 92/100 points. David Schildknecht, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate # 187, Feb 2010.