Dr. H. Thanisch Riesling Bernkasteler Doctor Riesling Kabinett 2015
The Thanisch family has cultivated wine continuously since the year 1636 and can look back on a history covering more than 375 years. The estate has been run as a family business for 11th generation, of which the last four generations were women. The boutique estate is 7 ha (16 acres) in size, including the most famous vineyard in Germany, the Berncasteler Doctor and the top vineyards Bernkasteler Badstube, Bernkasteler Lay and Bernkasteler Graben. All of the vineyards are planted with 100% Riesling vines, most of which are mature and on original rootstocks.
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This needs a few minutes in the glass to develop a nice flowery nose underlined by white peach, mint and smoke. This proves quite a “tour de force” as it combines intensity and complexity with ethereal lightness on the palate and delivers all its great flavors with great airiness in the long finish. Patience will be required as this wine will only shed its shyness and gain in presence at maturity, which will not happen before a good decade. However, it should then prove a stunning expression of Bernkasteler Doctor. Drink: 2025-2045
93 Points - Jean Fisch and David Rayer, Mosel Fine Wines