2013 Joh Jos Prum Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Auslese Gold Capsule
2013 is seen by the Prum family as the finest vintage since the legendary 1976 vintage, and uniquely this year one with only Auslese wines commercially released. A long, slow ripening season with a very late harvest with high levels of botrytis has created wines with added richness and depth, but also high levels of ripe acidity. These will be extremely long lived wines, but approachable young, and each expressing their vineyard origin with exacting clarity.
“Despite the high concentration, mainly achieved by the remarkable noble rot, which often requires much more patience in the early stage of development, these wines are opening earlier than we expected and are already very attractive now. The botrytis is very clean and clear, the aromas and flavors intense and juicy, and the vibrant acidity gives the wines a surprising freshness. These [are] unique wines with their extreme intensity and tension…” -Katharina Prüm
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. (I tasted AP number #12 14.)
Stephan Reinhardt eRobertParker.com #217 (Feb 2015)
Aromas of sliced lemon, flint and melon. A full body. Round and softly textured yet fresh and clean. Medium sweet. Tight now but lovely.
Golden yellow. Rich aromas of dried apricot, dates and nut oils, with a faint hint of brown spice botrytis. The honey-glazed papaya fruit and rich, creamy texture are animated by bright slate. Dense, pure and distinguished, this Riesling ends with a seductive finish.
Joel B. Payne Vinousmedia.com