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.
It’s patently silly, when you have a wine this pretty and refined, to talk of black holes, of abysses that you might fall into, of Alice and her rabbit hole. Nonetheless, this is certainly a wine that you can lose yourself in. It is so deep, long and never ending. On the one hand it is incredibly dense and powerful, with masses of extract – so tightly wound that you are only seeing a fraction of the wine’s personality. On the other, the balance and finesse of the wine are a wonder to behold and the spicy, mixed peel, grapefruit essence complexity makes for a highly seductive personality in the mouth. When words fail…
“The pale-colored 2013 Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Auslese Gold Capsule displays a stunning pure and precise, stony-flavored bouquet with fresh white and green fruit aromas. Very clear, elegant and strikingly piquant on the palate, this is a noble sweet wine with a highly precise fruit expression and a very mineral and still stringent finish. Bottled with 7.5% of alcohol this is an extremely fine, tightly woven and lovely salty Auslese that seriously rivals the auctioned Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese this year.” Rating: 96 points, Stephan Reinhardt, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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