Thursday, May 9, 2019

Wine Review: Dr. H. Thanisch Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Kabinett 2018

May is Riesling Month on TheWineStalker.net!

Dr. H. Thanisch Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Kabinett 2018

The wine-growing tradition of the Dr. Hugo Thanisch family can be traced back more than 350 years. In 1636, the name was mentioned for the first time in the registers of Bernkastel-Kues. The quality of the family's wines soon extended their excellent reputation far beyond the Mosel valley. At the end of the 18th century, the Thanisch's acquired the Berncasteler Doctor vineyard, a very steep site with deep devon slate structure, situated behind and overlooking the rooftops of the quaint old town of Bernkastel. The Doctor name originates in a legend about Prince Boemond II of Trier who fell sick and then was cured by a wine from this vineyard. Medicinal powers of fine wines are today being re-discovered! Without a doubt, the Doctor Vineyard is the most valuable and most famous German site.

The Bernkasteler Badstube Kabinett is the second of two wines by Thanisch that I'm reviewing for Riesling Month. It's 100% Riesling and the Bernkasteler hillside slopes down to the Mosel river on black and blue slate, which absorbs heat from the sunlight and reflections of sunlight from the river and warms the grapes. The final ABV of 9% means that technically this is on the sweeter side, but I bet you the acidity will balance that right out so it's not a sugar bomb.

And hooooo boy! Not only was I right about that but this is just some friggin' awesome Riesling! It's light golden in color and there's aromas of peaches, lychee nut, lemon-lime soda, and a few drops of petrol. In the mouth it's sweet with a medium body and a rich mouthfeel. There's flavors of peaches, apples, and honey. Even though the wine has that very present sweetness, the acidity lets it finish with crisp and refreshing apples. But after you smack your lips there's a thick coating of honey over your teeth and tongue.

Oh yeah. The entire profile of this wine is what I think of when I think of Riesling. I'm not saying that every Riesling should be like this, because they shouldn't, but it's quite an example of the varietal overall. And it's delicious. Buuuut for $22 it might be asking a bit too much for what it is. However, if you do drop $22 on it you're not going to be upset about it and want your money back. Also, I could down this thing in, like, five minutes so let's wrap this up, okay?

QUALITY VS PRICE RATING
Price: $22
Rating: 3/5 = Satisfying (what does that mean?)


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