Raimund Prum is owner and winemaker at S.A.Prüm. The VDP (Verband Deutsche Prädikatswein) is the association of top German wine growers and Mr. Prüm’s grandfather was a founding member of this prestigious association, which has celebrated it’s 100th year anniversary in 2010. When you choose a Riesling, look for the VDP stamp. The Prüm family dates back to 1156 with roots on the Mosel. Raimund Prüm has been directing the winery since 1971 and they produce critically acclaimed Riesling wines.
Key: warmer Riesling= more spicy….cooler Riesling= more fruit forward…red slate soil= warmth, spicy, iron… blue slate soil= copper…gray slate soil= tin, gives finesse, elegance. Raimund teaches us that Riesling likes warm feet and a cool head. The roots go deep into the slate soil ( sometimes up to 50 feet ) and likes moderate temps.
We began the evening with 2014 ” Essence” Riesling, malolactic, aging 5-10 years, creamy and great for food pairings. It was served with roasted potatoes with herbs de provence, roasted grapes with olive oil and sea salt, ham with mustard, and my favorite of the night: russian rye bread with butter and radish. This wine is cool fermentated in steel.
The next wine was 2013 ” Luminance” Riesling, described by Raimund as a “cool” Riesling, best served in a Riesling glass. This wine shows a tropical, floral bouquet, some citrus. The Riesling glass showcases the aroma and characteristics of this wine.
The third wine was a 2006 Wehlener Sonnenhur, Old Vines Dry Riesling, one year on lees, old oak, no sulfur, gray slate soil and described by Raimund as ” warmer ” Riesling. It may age up to 25 years so buy it now and hold to it, if you can! It’s perfect for drinking in cooler weather but he suggests to decant it and serve in a bigger glass, send your friends home and enjoy it yourself 🙂 because this wine really makes you stop and be mindful. This wine deserves your full attention. The vines are 80-125 years old. The wine gives a nice gold color, less fruit forward. It’s good with red meat, mushrooms, potato.
The fourth wine was a 2012 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Rielsing Kabinett. This wine has the highest acidity, is crisp, fruity, can age for 20-30 years, is best served in a Riesling glass, comes from vines up to 100 years old in gray slate soil. Raimund suggests this wine is to be enjoyed with friends, it opens communication, sit with your friends and listen.
The fifth wine we enjoyed was 2009 Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Kabinett with a bouquet of violet, black currant and savory notes. It can age up to 25 years, if you can hold on to it for that long! It’s fermented in steel tanks, comes from red slate soil and the longer the wine is left on the lees: the less petrol is noted in the wine. Raimund pairs this wine with a risotto with truffle and pecorino cheese. The last wine we tasted and oh so enjoyed, was 2009 Wehlener Sonnenhur Riesling Auslese, serve in a Riesling glass, can age up to 35 years, aged in steel: this is the only wine with a cork. The rest, mentioned thus far, have screw caps. Raimund explains that with a screw cap, it’s best to unscrew and then serve in 20 minutes. Also, with bottles that have screw caps, it’s best to store them upright. This wine comes from vines up to 100 years old, grown in gray slate, noble rot is a plus and it pairs well with a fruity dessert that has acidity, like pineapple.
The Boston Wine School served figs with speck, vegetarian maki sushi, smoked gouda, spätzle with wild mushroom pâté and a finale of blackberry with apricot fruit tart.
This grape varietal, Riesling, is the most versatile varietal in white wine. It may be dry, fruity or sweet. The perfume may be fruity or floral. For more information, the label on a bottle of German Riesling will tell you if it’s dry, medium dry, medium sweet or sweet.
Raimund says there are 3 S’s for him, as the owner and winemaker at S.A Prüm: Schlep, Smile, Sell. Jonathon teaches the class of the 7 S’s of wine tasting: See, Sniff, Swirl, Smell, Sip, Swish, Spit.
Quality comes from the vineyard, not the cellar. This is the motto of great winemakers. Riesling “always makes you smile” Raimund tells the class.
I agree 🙂