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Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spätlese 2011

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The estate is situated at Trier, Germanys oldest city. Trier is located on the Mosel near the Luxembourg and French boarder and was the capital of the northern Roman Empire under Emperor Constantine. The estate has continuously produced renowned wines from vineyards donated to support the school (Gymnasium) established in 1561 by the Jesuits of Tier. One of the notable former students of the Friedrich-Gymnasium was Karl Marx. This estate bottled vintage Riesling, originating from the steep slate slopes of the village of Graach's famous Himmelreich vineyards, one of the estate's oldest sites. Produced from late picked grapes, this wine was fermented and matured in traditional 1000L Fuder oak casks. Vintage: 2004 Grapes: 100% late harvested Estate grown Riesling Region: Mosel Soil: Slate Vineyard: South-west facing Graacher Himmelreich, sloped at about 60 degrees Serve: Chilled on its own or with spicy food , Asian cuisine and grilled prawns with tarragon Taste: Elegantly rich Mosel, subtle yet firm acidity in harmony with pear and apple flavours on the palate and a mouthfilling texture with an edge of spice on the finish.

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External Reviews for Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spätlese

External Review
Source: Palm Bay International
07/20/2011

/ The honeyed aromas of orange and white peach are floral, bright and easy to drink, presented in a lush, ripe package.


External Review
Source: Palm Bay International
07/20/2011

/ So pretty and so pure, like drinking smoky, honeyed sunlight in October, yet the sweetness is almost more implicit than expressed, and the wine slides into dryness from midway back through the finish. Gravel, limestone and rubber eraser are inextricably blended with ripe peach and pear and a hint of apricot; after a few minutes in the glass, touches of lemon curd and lime peel emerge. The texture is lovely, lush, but kept lively by zinging acid, and the whole package is vibrant and resonant. Another riesling not to miss.


External Review
Source: Palm Bay International
07/20/2011

/ One of the pleasant surprises this year was the renaissance of S.A. Prüm. Raimund Prüm and Gerb Faber have further improved quality this year, as the 2007 Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spätlese amply proves.


External Review
Source: Palm Bay International
07/20/2011

Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spatlese 2009 - 94 Points & Highly Recommended, Wine Spectator/ An aromatic version, showing lilac, freesia and violet notes, followed by baked apple, black currant and slate flavors. Elegant and tightly wound, with a racy structure well-fused to the rich texture. The appealing aftertaste features notes of candied berries and mineral.


External Review
Source: Palm Bay International
09/24/2012

Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spätlese 2010 - 91 points, Wine Spectator/ Aromas of citrus blossoms lead to flavors of melon, peach, ginger and apple pastry that are long and lush. An elegant finish of melon and agave nectar lingers with plenty of spice.


External Review
Source: Palm Bay International
07/20/2011

/ Lean and intense, with a firm underlying acidity driving the peach, grapefruit and mineral notes. There's a coating of flesh, but needs time to meld with the structure. Best from 2008 through 2018.


External Review
Source: Palm Bay International
07/20/2011

Guia de compras/ 100% Riesling. Grapes come from the "Graacher Himmelreich" vineyard in Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Germany. Fermented in steel and then bottled with natural cork. Brilliant gold in color, with aromas of rose petals and citrus fruits. Full-bodied taste, with flavors of pear, citrua and minerals with a long finish.


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The estate is situated at Trier, Germanys oldest city. Trier is located on the Mosel near the Luxembourg and French boarder and was the capital of the northern Roman Empire under Emperor Constantine. The estate has continuously produced renowned wines from vineyards donated to support the school (Gymnasium) established in 1561 by the Jesuits of Tier. One of the notable former students of the Friedrich-Gymnasium was Karl Marx. This estate bottled vintage Riesling, originating from the steep slate slopes of the village of Graach's famous Himmelreich vineyards, one of the estate's oldest sites. Produced from late picked grapes, this wine was fermented and matured in traditional 1000L Fuder oak casks. Vintage: 2004 Grapes: 100% late harvested Estate grown Riesling Region: Mosel Soil: Slate Vineyard: South-west facing Graacher Himmelreich, sloped at about 60 degrees Serve: Chilled on its own or with spicy food , Asian cuisine and grilled prawns with tarragon Taste: Elegantly rich Mosel, subtle yet firm acidity in harmony with pear and apple flavours on the palate and a mouthfilling texture with an edge of spice on the finish.

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