Wednesday, May 27, 2020

2018 JJ Prum!

The best of Germany!

2018 J.J. Prum Graacher Himmelreich Kabinett...$35.99 / 750ml
A beautiful kabinett, featuring notes of white raspberry and apricot, underscored by electric acidity and minerality, creating harmony and imparting energy and length. Light yet expressive, with a solid structure. Spice notes emerge on the finish. Best from 2021 through 2033. 300 cases imported. — AZ
Rated 91/100 Wine Spectator

2018 J.J. Prum Graacher Himmelreich Spatlese...$48.99 / 750ml
2018 J.J. Prum Graacher Himmelreich Spatlese...$109.99 / 1.5 liter
This has all of the elements of a great spätlese, with pronounced acidity supporting the ripe peach, yellow apple, mango and spruce flavors, while hints of vanilla and piecrust add to the complexity. Still a bit intense, but this should develop beautifully with age, allowing the minerality to become more prominent. Best from 2022 through 2038. 150 cases imported. — AZ
Rated 93/100 Wine Spectator
2018 J.J. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spatlese...$49.99
Well-structured and harmonious, with a silky mouthfeel, this is very charming, yet powerful and expressive, revealing saffron and jasmine aromas. The palate features tropical fruit flavors of guava and passion fruit, followed by sweet Asian spice notes. Star anise and apricot marmalade hints extend on the finish. Best from 2022 through 2036. 100 cases imported. — AZ
Rated 93/100 Wine Spectator

2018 J.J. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett...$39.99

Floral and wet stone aromas give way to nectarine, passion fruit and lime flavors in this delicate and silky, yet slightly restrained, Riesling. Shows harmony and integration, with spice and mint notes lingering in the background. Features a bright structure and maintains focus on the long, mineral-tinged finish. Best from 2022 through 2035. 200 cases imported. — AZ
Rated 92/100 Wine Spectator

2018 J.J. Prum Bernkasteler Badstube Kabinett...$39.99
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Plus a 2017 Auslese
2017 J.J. Prum Bernkasteler Badstube Auslese...$51.99
The 2017 Bernkasteler Badstube Auslese is very intense and upfront on the reductive, flinty and even coolish nose. Extremely lush and round on the palate, this is a concentrated, silky-textured and incredibly juicy Auslese that you can hardly stop drinking. This 2017 Badstube is a hedonist's Auslese, and its finish is long, salty, fresh and precise. It's so rich and so stimulating at the same time. You'll wish you could take a bath in it. Dangerous stuff. Tasted in March 2019.
Rated 96/100 Wine Advocate
This has such pristine aromatic clarity, offering limes, white nectarines and freshly sliced peaches, as well as notes of spice and pure wet slate. The palate has such grace and balance with effortless, smooth and very supple, sorbet-like texture of fresh, creamy fruit. White pepper and fine spices to close. Drink over the next two decades.
Rated 96/100 James Suckling
Rated 93/100 Wine Spectator

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