Joh. Jos. Prum
2015 New Arrivals
If you love Classic German Riesling, then hold onto your seat, because 2015 in Germany is easily the best young vintage. I say with confidence that 10-20 years from now you’ll be remembering the moment you decided to go deep on 2015s, and you will smile from ear to ear.
Weingut Joh. Jos. Prum was founded in 1911 by Johann Josef Prum. Today it is owned and managed by Dr. Manfred Prüm and his daughter Dr. Katharina Prüm. They focus solely on Riesling from famous sites like Wehlener Sonnenuhr, Graacher Himmelreich, Zeltinger Sonnenuhr and Bernkasteler Badstube. 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 sought after by all Riesling fanatics.
2015 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett $38.99
The Wehlener Sonnenuhr is, without question, the most famous of vineyard sites within the Prüm Estate if not all of the Mosel Valley. With its south-southwest exposure, weathered grey slate and ridiculous steepness (up to 70%) it provides an optimal growing climate for Riesling. The wines from here show fantastic depth of stone fruit flavors accompanied by a fine line of minerality and length. From the cellar of J.J. Prüm, this is a perennially classic, collectible Riesling.
"Smells just like guava! Much fuller and more generous and broader of shoulder than the Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Spätlese. A glimmer of charm under the Prüm stiffness, even a bit of glistening, jeweled tropical fruit, although all this UN-Prüm-like frivolity comes not without a corset of palate-scrubbing acidity and a ramrod spine of minerality. So much freshness and quite staggering concentration." 18/20 points Jancis Robinson
2015 Graacher Himmelreich Spatlese $42.99
Graach is a small village that lies between Bernkastel and Wehlen. This vineyard’s steep, southwest-facing slopes and deep soils produce wines that combine the elegance of Wehlen with the rustic strength of Bernkastel. Because of the forceful minerality of the abundant blue slate in the soil, wines from Graach have excellent aging potential and will improve in the bottle for many decades.The name originates from the Celtic word for "small hill". Only much later, once the original sense of the word got lost, the name received its christian meaning - "kingdom of God". It also symbolizes the very high and exposed location of the vineyard itself.
This is a vibrant, elegant, and classical Graacher Himmelreich Spatlese. Shows an appealing interplay between a pronounced minerality, crisp acidity, and fine fruit aromas and flavors. More ageing will result into even more harmony and finesse.