Anna Lee Iijima

Contributing Editor

Reviews wines from Germany and New York.

Anna Lee C. Iijima joined Wine Enthusiast in 2010 following a career in corporate law. She holds a Diploma in Wine and Spirits from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust and is a student in the Masters of Wine Program. She also holds a certification in Viticulture and Vinification from the American Sommelier Association and is a Certified Sake Professional of the Sake Education Council. She currently reviews wines from Germany and New York, and writes frequently on saké, food and wine pairing for the magazine.

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Joh. Jos. Prüm 2012 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese Goldkap Riesling (Mosel)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $125

A melange of rose petals, lychee, caramel and honey scent this stunningly aromatic Riesling. It’s unctuously creamy on the palate—silky and rich in sweet grapefruit and mango flavors—but deftly touched with acidity and minerality as well. A masterpiece now, but sure to captivate further from 2020 and beyond.

 — A.I.  (12/1/2014)
95
points

Joh. Jos. Prüm 2012 Graacher Himmelreich Auslese Goldkap Riesling (Mosel)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $112

Saffron and exotic spice dust aromas of honey and apples on this deeply layered, complex wine. The palate is sweet with peach nectar and preserves, yet balanced with streaks of acidity and crushed minerals. Silken on the tongue, it lingers endlessly with a kiss of honeysuckle. Wonderful now, but sure to develop it’s honeyed, mineral complexity from 2020 on.

 — A.I.  (12/1/2014)
94
points

Dr. Loosen 2012 Erdener Treppchen Auslese Riesling (Mosel)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $64

Lanolin and honeycomb lend a mineral slick to sweet peach and honey flavors in this lavishly rich Riesling. It’s marmalade sweet on the palate, yet brisk in lemon acidity that stretches out the finish. It’s delicious now, but those mineral complexities will shine from 2018 on.

 — A.I.  (12/1/2014)
94
points

Joh. Jos. Prüm 2012 Bernkasteler Badstube Auslese Riesling (Mosel)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $49

Whiffs of smoke, wet earth and pressed apples seem subtle on the nose of this dainty auslese, belying the shock of sweet tangerine and grapefruit flavors that flood the palate. A nervous fringe of acidity bristles the palate, cutting through streaks of honey and nectar. It’s powerful and concentrated, yet ephemeral in its delicacy.

 — A.I.  (12/1/2014)
94
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Joh. Jos. Prüm 2012 Graacher Himmelreich Spätlese Riesling (Mosel)

  • Editors' Choice
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  1. $42

A dusting of crushed slate accents pretty blossom and peach notes on the nose of this elegant yet remarkably powerful Riesling. It’s delicately textured, but accumulates rich, ripe, juicy stone fruit and melon flavors as it extends through the palate. Honey and lemon make the finish endlessly lip-smacking.

 — A.I.  (12/1/2014)
93
points

Peter Lauer NV Sekt Brut Riesling (Mosel)

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  1. $38

Delicate floral notes mingle with smoke and struck flint on this gorgeously composed Riesling sparkling. The palate is delicately pétillant with soft, tiny bubbles that fill the mouth with layers of caramelized sugar, fresh pears, blossom and minerals. Striking acidity drives a long, umami-touched finish.

 — A.I.  (12/1/2014)
93
points

August Kesseler 2012 Lorcher Schlossberger Erste Lage Riesling (Rheingau)

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  1. $60

Whiffs of pink grapefruit, guava and blossom entice on this dry, yet lush, full-bodied Riesling. The palate is round and ripe with flavors of yellow cherry and peach, but it’s slick and steely with minerality too. Finishes long with a line of focused acidity.

 — A.I.  (12/1/2014)
93
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Dr. Loosen 2012 Ürziger Würzgarten Auslese Riesling (Mosel)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $64

Flavors of honey tangerines and quince preserves resonate deeply in this sweet-tangy Riesling full of fruit and blossom flavors. So sprightly and brisk, it dances delicately on the tongue, yet lingers long with a murmur of lime zest astringency.

 — A.I.  (12/1/2014)
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