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Date Printed: 9/16/2014
S.A. Prum Blue Riesling 2003
S.A. Prum Blue Riesling 2003
(search item no. 86637)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 9/16/2014: $15.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Production Area
This estate-bottled Riesling is made from a selection of grapes grown in Germany's Mosel-Saar-Ruwer region, characterized by very steep slopes and blue slate soil

Grape Varieties
100% Riesling

Vinification
Grapes are picked by hand in mid-October and de-stemmed before undergoing 12 hours of maceration on the skins. The juice is fermented for eight weeks in stainless steel tanks and bottled sur lie under synthetic cork

Color
Light gold

Bouquet
Delicate fragrance recalling ripe apricot and citrus fruit

Taste
Elegantly structured, with pronounced mineral character imparted by the slate-rich soil in which the grapes are grown

Alcohol
11.5

Serving Suggestions
A delicious match with chicken, seafood and Asian cuisine

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About S.A. Prum:

Founded in 1911 by Sebastian Alois Prüm, family-owned S.A. Prüm has been in the hands of Raimund Prüm, head winemaker and Sebastian's grandson, since 1971 when he assumed full management of the estate. The property has earned a reputation as one of Germany's most successful wineries, internationally acclaimed for its production of superb quality Riesling. The Prüm family has a rich and ancient history in the mid-Mosel, where they have owned vineyards in the towns of Bernkastel, Graach, Wehlen and Zeltingen.

Today, the estate comprises 40 acres of vineyards planted principally with Riesling. Over 15 acres of S.A. Prüm's holdings are located within the famed Wehlener Sonnenuhr ("sundial of Wehlen") domain. Named for the historic and well-recognized sundial painted on an outcrop of slate by a Prüm ancestor back in 1842, the incredibly steep Wehlener Sonnenuhr vineyard is a globally renowned source of what is arguably Germany's finest Riesling. As the name suggests, Wehlener Sonnenuhr, where vines average 80 years and older, benefits from plentiful sunshine – a critical factor in the world's northernmost wine producing country. The soil is comprised of layers of finely decomposed, mineral-rich blue slate that date back approximately 400 million years. Underneath, deep-lying aquifers provide the vines with adequate water during dry periods.