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Joh. Jos. Prüm Graacher Himmelreich Spätlese 2016/17
Region: Mosel-Saar-Ruwer
Winery: Joh. Jos. Prüm
Grapes: 100% Riesling
Color: White
Vintage: 2016
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Description: This vibrant, elegant and classical Graacher Himmelreich Spätlese shows an appealing interplay between a pronounced minerality, crisp acidity and fine fruit aromas and flavours. More ageing will result into even more harmony and finesse.


Reviews

Publication Score Comments
The Wine Advocate 93+ FOR THE 2014 VINTAGE
Ripe tropical fruit aromas such as pineapples and mangoes mingle with coolish stone and smoky aromas on the 2014 Riesling Graacher Himmelreich Spätlese; this leads to a sweet and piquant palate, with charming fruitiness and concentration. This wine is precise, pure and piquant, revealing a lot of salty stones on the palate, bright fruit flavors and a long,complex finish--again with white peach and nectarine flavors, and a persistent salinity. Great Spätlese.
Jancis Robinson NA FOR THE 2015 VINTAGE
Almonds on the (rather intense) nose. Extremely tense and tight. Marked acidity and juiciness. Needs quite a bit of time to open out I suspect. 17/20
Wine Enthusiast 93 FOR THE 2014 VINTAGE
Savory whiffs of earth and pollen belie the bounty of luscious tangerine and stone fruit flavors that await on the palate of this delicate spätlese. It's juicy and thirst quenching yet subtle, nuanced by hits of struck flint and salt. Gossamer-fine texture and bristling acidity lend tautness. It's delicious now but should gain depth and definition through 2025.
Wine Spectator 94 FOR THE 2014 VINTAGE
Rich, creamy and full of a lively savoriness matched to flavors of fresh-cut green apple, tangerine, mocha and spice. The lush finish offers white chocolate accents. Drink now through 2034.—
The Wine Advocate 93 FOR THE 2015 VINTAGE
Prüm's 2015 Graacher Himmelreich Spätlese is clear, intense and flinty on the nose, very precise but well concentrated; however, it is the most reductive of the Spätlese quartet. Round and piquant, with a stimulating fruit and salinity, this is a very well-defined, crystalline and straight Spätlese of great finesse and elegance. It needs five years or so to unfold all its talents, but it can surely age for 20 or 30 years.
James Suckling 95 FOR THE 2015 VINTAGE
A great spätlese that is really ripe, but still vibrant, elegant and subtle. Sensational interplay of all the components that make this a very classic example of this category. This has a personality all of its own (something floral that's unusual for this site). No need to hurry before 2050!
Vinous - Antonio Galloni 91 FOR THE 2016 VINTAGE
• Despite a faintly cheesy, reductive “Mosel stink,” fresh apple and pineapple project a penetratingly fragrant as well as tangy personality to this polished, glossy, buoyant bottling. For now, it lacks the clarity, precision or interest of the corresponding Kabinett, but it’s obviously early days, especially in consideration of the glacial pace at which Prüm wines often evolve. Certainly, though, there is admirable and refreshing sheer length.
The Wine Advocate 95 FOR THE 2016 VINTAGE
The 2016 Graacher Himmelreich Spätlese (AP 08 17) is discreet and smoky on the deep, well-defined nose. Juicy-piquant and salty on the well-structured and refreshingly mineral palate, the Himmelreich is tight and expressive, with the sweetness superbly balanced by the spicy, grippy phenols/minerals. This is a really complex Spätlese that is highly stimulating today and will still be so in 20 or 30 years.
Wine Enthusiast 94 FOR THE 2017 VINTAGE
Editors' Choice: Pristine aromas of lemon and lime introduce this crystalline spätlese. It's lip-smackingly sweet, marked by concentrated honeysuckle and hibiscus flavors. Electric grapefruit acidity leads a long pure finish. Delicious already, it will only improve through 2030, and likely hold much further.
Wine Enthusiast 94 FOR THE 2017 VINTAGE - 94 POINTS
The 2017 Graacher Himmelreich Spätlese is deep, clear and flinty on the fascinating, elegant and complex nose. It is lush, precise, piquant and refined on the palate, with more transparency, freshness and crunchy slate minerality compared to the Bernkastel and Zeltingen. The wine is highly stimulating and salty, with concentrated grapefruit aromas. This wine is really enchanting. Open the bottle and glou-glou... Tasted in March 2019.