Robert Parker 93
Site-typical lime and dark cherry accented by cherry pit make for a Prum 2010 Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Auslese at once liqueur-like in richness; juicily, vivaciously citric; and invigorating in its combination of subtly cyanic, chewy, saline, and zesty finishing impingements. Like so many of the more successful wines of its vintage, this also uncannily combines palpable senses of high extract with levity, its high acid and low alcohol reinforcing one another’s encouragement of vivacity and refreshment such as are seldom derived from a wine at this level of ripeness. This deeply flavorful, vibrant, and not in the least superficially sweet Auslese is I feel sure going to go strong for more than another 30 years. (Would that I could so easily imagine myself living to test that prognosis!)
Anticipated maturity: 2012-2042
Pale golden yellow. Candied apricot, papaya and clove on he nose, along with a touch of honeyed botrytis. Creamy, slightly malty nectarine fruit is nicely accentuated by salty minerality on the palate. Rich but not heavy on the subtly spicy finish.