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.
What a wine! The memorising interplay between the sweet fruit, citric freshness (the purest pink grapefruit) and savoury (lemongrass) elements here could have been plucked straight out of the David Thomson manual (ironic that the taster below also found curry!) The knees were already starting to weaken by this stage. Long, dusty mineral finish.
Features a savory aroma, with flavors to match, showing good acidity to the juicy apple, pear and white currant flavors. Curry notes extend on the finish, displaying plenty of cream. Powerfully structured and deep with spice. Drink now through 2032. Rating: 93 points, Kim Marcus, WineSpectator.com
Graacher Himmelreich Spätlese 2011 (8.5%, $62) - Struck match, reduction, flinty and then revealing floral, honeyed apple and citrus aromas. Power here; spicy, ginger and slippery texture racing through the wine. Finishes with a whip of brine. A more structured Spätlese here – great length and persistence too. 93 points, 2013-2033 Mike Bennie; The Wine Front
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