“Classic Kabinett, with slightly more intensity,” is how Katharina Prüm succinctly underrates her 2018 Kabinetts. She also mentions that warmer years tend to level the playing field somewhat, however I’m not so sure! All the wines are delicious and, while it’s true that Graacher and Badstube have benefited from the warmer season (as they always do) yet there is no loss of vineyard imprint, with each vineyard clearly expressing their own distinct personality. There is a step up in power as you head north. Overall, the wines taste remarkably dry.
In cooler vintages, some argue (not us) that Prüm Kabinett is best drunk on its own as an aperitif. The 2018 wines can effortlessly stand up to a broader range of dishes; sashimi, lighter Asian dishes and even steak or tuna tartare for example.
“Floral and wet stone aromas give way to nectarine, passion fruit and lime flavors in this delicate and silky, yet slightly restrained, Riesling. Shows harmony and integration, with spice and mint notes lingering in the background. Features a bright structure and maintains focus on the long, mineral-tinged finish. Best from 2022 through 2035.” 92 points, Wine Spectator
“Light-footed and lean, this zesty off-dry Riesling is enticingly smoky and earthen on the nose, but the palate reverberates with juicy pineapple, mango and lemon flavors. It's a juicy, intensely fruity sip but still tightly wound in its youth. While hard to resist already, it's a bottle that will gain depth well through 2030.” 93 points, Wine Enthusiast