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2014 Dr. H. Thanisch Bernkasteler Doctor Riseling Spätlese

As Tasted At Fine Vintage Sensory Master Class, Chicago, Illinois

Dr. H. Thanisch Bernkasteler Doctor Riseling Spätlese

Vintage: 2014

Location:
Bernkastel,
Mosol,
Germany

Producer: Weingut Dr. H. Thanisch
Alcohol: 8.0%

RATING 94

PRICE $50
Review Date: May 5, 2018
Recommended Drinking Window: 2016-2031
Review Location: Fine Vintage Sensory Master Class, Chicago, Illinois
Newsletter Issue: Non-Newsletter

This thick, succulent, medium-sweet 2014 Riesling from Weingut Dr. H. Thanisch is spectacular.  Some may not like the heaviness; however, this is what I expect from a Mosol Riesling.  Apricot, pineapple and honey invigorate the taste buds.  A hint of petrol on the finish – and a long, long finish at that. Very well balanced with tremendous complexity and expression.  Don’t be fooled by the price tag, it is a great buy for a 94 point wine.

Wine Maker’s Notes: “Terroir and sustainability are the principles by which we manage our vineyards. Under terroir, we don’t only mean the soil types of our vineyards, but also the focus on Riesling, the climatic conditions of our vineyards, and the work of our team. Sustainability has always been a hallmark of our history and tradition. Parcels in Berncasteler Doctor have been in our family for 200 years, or 7 generations, which is true for many of our other vineyards. The careful use of natural resources is therefore already a principle of our work. We consistently treat the vineyards with care and comply with the requirements for integrated, environmentally friendly viticulture. Optimal width between rows and selective canopy management provides for light and air and therefore for healthy grapes. In addition, when necessary, we cut out unevenly ripened or excess grapes.”

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