2016 joh. jos. prum, bernkasteler lay riesling auslese goldkapsel, mosel
Why We're Buying
The Prüm family has made wine in Mosel for centuries. The mastery of their craft is on full display with Joh. Jos. Prüm Berntasteler Lay Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel. This dessert wine is complex, silky, and well-balanced, showing why rieslings are German's favorite wine.
Dessert in liquid form, with a lovely silky texture and charming aromas and flavors of jasmine honey, cream, apricot tart and bergamot, combined with mineral elements that impart freshness. Features intense acidity that keeps the sweetness in harmony from start to marathon finish. Drink now through 2040.
This is just beginning to give its best, but it will be even more exciting from 2019! Enormous energy and more than enough richness. The finish turbocharged, so hang onto your hat! Drink or hold.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Served from the 375-milliliter bottle, the 2016 Bernkasteler Lay Auslese (Gold Capsule) displays a discreet bouquet that needs its time to open up. It's pretty reductive at this early stage (March 2018). The attack on the palate is racy and fresh, and the wine is filigreed and precise, very clear and fresh in the well-structured finish. This (AP 05 17) is a lovely Auslese version that is on par with the bright, light and filigreed Badstube Kabinett. It's a delicious Riesling bottled at 7.5% alcohol.
Dark cherry mingles with root beer and an infusion of mint in this forwardly fragrant and luscious, envelopingly rich Auslese. Suggestions of honeydew melon liqueur, candied green herbal concentrates and a touch of salted caramel add to the opulent, overripe impression conveyed on a glycerol-rich palate, leading to a concentrated and impressively sustained finish, albeit one that carries a bit more obvious sense of sheer sweetness than is typical at this address. Thankfully, a sense of juicy fresh-fruitedness persists as well. (DS)