2011 S.A. Prüm Essence Riesling Qualitätswein

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Wine of the Week: 2011 S.A. Prüm Essence Riesling Qualitätswein
Region & Country: Mosel, Germany
Price: $12

Riesling wines are some of the most delicious and versatile wines you can buy – and great value too, as this 2011 Essence Riesling from S.A. Prüm attests.

A mouthwatering, energetic, fruity wine with racy acidity and packed with juicy, vibrant fruit. A great go-to entertaining wine for any time of the year. Enticing, lively aromas of peach, exotic citrus, and apricot pull you in with hints of fresh flowers and a touch of stony minerality. Off-dry but not obvious as the sweetness is perfectly balanced by the wine’s crisp acidity and lively fruit flavors. Flavors similar to the nose, but with more noticeable peach pith and notes of guava. Not an overly complex wine, but very refreshing. Moderate length.

At the Table
Riesling wines are both wonderful table partners and wonderful to enjoy on their own. The harmonious balance of sweetness and racy acidity makes this S.A. Prüm Essence Riesling a wonderful ‘sipper’ or party wine, as well as a go-to entertaining wine. The acidity will cut through fatty or rich dishes and the sweetness is an excellent foil for spicy foods. Why not try Essence 2011 with Faith’s recipe for Chili, Lemon and Basil Shrimp served with Israeli Couscous? A delicious, mouthwatering combination!

About S.A. Prüm, the Mosel and this 2011 Essence Riesling
S.A. Prüm is a highly regarded wine estate located in Germany’s Mosel region. The Prüm family has been cultivating vineyards there since the tenth century — now that is something to boast about. Today S.A. Prüm is run by the gregarious Raimund Prüm, (known as ‘the red Prüm’, because of his foxy red hair!!), and his wife Erika.

The Mosel is one of Germany’s most celebrated wine regions, with vineyards planted on precipitously steep slopes throughout the valleys of the Mosel River, at its tributaries. Mosel wines are known for their elegance and finesse and tend to be fruity in style with some residual sweetness necessary in to balance the marked acidity of the wines.

The 2011 Essence Riesling is off-dry, unoaked and fruity. While not intended for long-term cellaring it can hold 1 to 2 more years.

Mary Gorman-McAdams, MW (Master of Wine), is a New York based wine educator, freelance writer and consultant. In 2012 she was honored as a Dame Chevalier de L’Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne.