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J J Prum Graacher Himmel Spat 2012

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Located in the Middle Mosel Valley, one of the most northern wine-growing regions in the world, the estate of J.J. Prüm totals 22 hectares. Such cool climate conditions allows for late-harvesting, which enables the grapes to develop their fruity, floral and herbal aromas. Slate soils provide great minerality and the estate's use of wild yeast and late bottling allows for a full expression of the mostly ungrafted, old vines of the vineyard. They are currently one of only nine wine estates in Germany ranked five stars by Gault Millau, which is the European wine world's equivalent to the Michelin guide. Their Rieslings are renowned for their aging potential and are highly sought after by collectors.

Joh. Jos. Prüm:
J.J. Prüm is a member of the Großer Ring Verband Deutscher Prädikats- und Qualitätsweingüter. The estate has 14 acres of holdings in the Wehlener Sonnenuhr, Graacher Himmelreich, Bernkasteler Lay, Bernkasteler Badstube and Zeltinger Sonnenuhr vineyards. Only Riesling is grown and harvested at these sites. The most important of these sites are Wehlener Sonnenuhr and G... Read more
J.J. Prüm is a member of the Großer Ring Verband Deutscher Prädikats- und Qualitätsweingüter. The estate has 14 acres of holdings in the Wehlener Sonnenuhr, Graacher Himmelreich, Bernkasteler Lay, Bernkasteler Badstube and Zeltinger Sonnenuhr vineyards. Only Riesling is grown and harvested at these sites. The most important of these sites are Wehlener Sonnenuhr and Graacher Himmelreich, in terms of both quantity and quality for the winery. Seventy percent of the vines are ungrafted. Depending on the vintage, the average annual production is 10,000 to 13,000 cases of wine. Stuart Pigott says of J.J. Prum that "since the early 1920's its wines have been among Germany’s best Rieslings with the Mosel’s vivacious aroma and racy elegance in its highest form". Wine writer Stephen Brook says that "The wines, whether a modest Kabinett or an opulent Beerenauslese, are the epitome of filigree elegance: light in body but intense in flavour, exquisitely balanced and precisely tuned, and capable of the most extra-ordinary longevity".  Read less

External Reviews for J J Prum Graacher Himmel Spat

External Review
Source: The Wine Buyer
02/13/2014

A tightly coiled seam of mineral slatey-ness and tangy grip keeps the stunning package of concentrated stone fruits, pastilles, smoke, pungent citrus and white florals, all tightly woven and ravishingly refreshing. It's an Auslese for the ages, so much so that you could fill a room with this wine's ambition.


External Review
Source: The Wine Buyer
02/13/2014

Excellent structure, ripe aromas and flavors of stone fruits (like peach), a fine minerality, great depth and length. Unique harmony, finesse and expression after aging. Fine, yet racy with elegance and complexity. Beautiful balance between fine minerality, crisp acidity, expressive fruit aromas and flavors.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
07/21/2014

Subtle floral bouquet with peach skin and acacia blossom. Bright, slightly tart apple with a refreshing, persistent acidity. This invigorating wine has an appealing finish.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
07/21/2014

Crunchy yet nicely fleshed out, with good cut to the citrus and mineral notes that accent the apple and grapefruit flavors. Features firm acidity and a finish that echoes with ripe melon hints. Drink now through 2018.


External Review
Source: WineExpress.com
04/16/2016

Perhaps the most celebrated producer in Germany's esteemed Mosel Valley, Johann Joseph Prum produces outstanding single vineyard Rieslings critics praise and collectors can't get enough of. This wine from the famed Wehlener Sonnenuhr vineyard is a Spatelese which transltes to "Late Picked". This means the grapes had a chance to fully ripen and take on a rich complexity. The wine is mildly sweet and laden with minerality. The Wine Advocate scored this 94 points and said "The 2012 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese is more cool and mineral/stony on the nose than the Himmelreich Spätlese, but also intensely fruity at the moment, offering ripe peach, mango and pineapple aromas and crushed chocolate. Gorgeously rich, juicy and piquant on the palate, this lush and sensual Riesling seems riper and slightly sweeter, but also more intense compared with the Himmelreich. Its persistent finish is nicely mineral and salty on the aftertaste. This is a rich and potent wine with great potential."


External Review
Source: WineExpress.com
04/26/2016

Perhaps the most celebrated producer in Germany's esteemed Mosel Valley, Johann Joseph Prum produces outstanding single vineyard Rieslings critics praise and collectors can't get enough of. This wine from the famed Wehlener Sonnenuhr vineyard is a Spatelese which translates to "Late Picked". This means the grapes had a chance to fully ripen and take on a rich complexity. The wine is mildly sweet and laden with minerality. The Wine Advocate scored this 94 points and said "The 2012 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese is more cool and mineral/stony on the nose than the Himmelreich Spätlese, but also intensely fruity at the moment, offering ripe peach, mango and pineapple aromas and crushed chocolate. Gorgeously rich, juicy and piquant on the palate, this lush and sensual Riesling seems riper and slightly sweeter, but also more intense compared with the Himmelreich. Its persistent finish is nicely mineral and salty on the aftertaste. This is a rich and potent wine with great potential."



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Located in the Middle Mosel Valley, one of the most northern wine-growing regions in the world, the estate of J.J. Prüm totals 22 hectares. Such cool climate conditions allows for late-harvesting, which enables the grapes to develop their fruity, floral and herbal aromas. Slate soils provide great minerality and the estate's use of wild yeast and late bottling allows for a full expression of the mostly ungrafted, old vines of the vineyard. They are currently one of only nine wine estates in Germany ranked five stars by Gault Millau, which is the European wine world's equivalent to the Michelin guide. Their Rieslings are renowned for their aging potential and are highly sought after by collectors.

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