Sunday, May 5, 2019

Wine Review: Dr. H. Thanisch Feinherb Riesling 2017

May is Riesling Month on!

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.

So the Feinherb Riesling is the first of two wines by Thanisch that I'm reviewing for Riesling Month. This is 100% Riesling of the Qualitätswein quality level but harvested at the Kabinett level ripeness, and grown on steep hillsides with black and blue slate soil in Mosel. It's a dry-style Riesling and has an ABV of 11%.

Blue Traveler, Four
I'm writing this review to an album I probably haven't listened to since the '90's: Blues Traveler's Four. A friend of mine recently mentioned that they saw them in concert and how great they were to see live. And I thought to myself, "Huh, that hit album they had was really good and I don't think I've appreciated it enough since I was in high school!"

So here I am drinking wine and listening to the pure energy of John Popper and the talents of his band. It's a lot of fun, man. You can listen to it on the music selection playlist on my YouTube channel.

Now on with the wine!

It's a light gold color. On the nose there's a big cloud cobblestone over the aromas of grapefruit and lemon zest, with notes of raspberry, peach, and mojito mint. It's a very fun nose. On the palate it's medium bodied with a rich mouthfeel and sharp acidity. There's flavors of pineapple, lime soda, and raspberry. Then it finishes tart with a salivating acidity and a thick coating of lime and raspberry that lasts impressively long.

This is dry but fruity, and for $14 it's a win. Fish tacos, dude. I need me some fish tacos up in here with this.

Price: $14
Rating: 4/5 = Recommended (what does that mean?)

The bottle used was provided free of charge for the purpose of this unpaid review. To have your wine reviewed follow this link.

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