What balance! This wine’s considerable sweetness is admirably buffered by ample acidity, while low alcohol adds to the impression of lightness and ease. This structural balance is complemented by the way slaty-minerally aromas play off bright tangerine and peach flavors, ending seamlessly, crisp and long. Delicious now, but should easily age 20 years.
The legendary Thanisch estates has produced an auslese which is almost beerenauslese in its richness and color. There are layers of botrytis, flavors of honey and rich lemon zest and a long lingering aftertaste.
Hints of dried apricot mark the nose and palate, adding an additional layer of complexity to its standout notes of ripe apple, pear, honey and orange zest. Somehow it manages to be creamy and dense in texture and weight without seeming heavy, making for a wonderfully harmonious drinking experience. Imported by Chapin Cellars, LLC.
Prospective purchasers should bear in mind that this wine was harvested at sugar levels far beyond the minimum spätlese requirements. This is more of a big auslese or small beerenauslese in terms of sugar and style, marrying dried apricot aromas with notes of candied pineapple and spice. It’s very sweet and honeyed, and would be cloying were it not for its firm…
Dark, mysterious aromas of smoke, petrol and brine are enticing on the nose. Semisweet in style, with an abundance of honeyed stone-fruit and citrus flavors, this wine shows glimmers of maturity already, but it’s structured enough to improve for at least 7–10 more years.
Round, lush and sweet, this may not have the textbook pinpoint crispness of Mosel Riesling, but it does offer mouthfilling pleasure. Apple and citrus or pineapple fruit is wonderfully pure, yet buttressed by solid underpinnings of minerality and a lingering, slightly oily finish. Imported by Chapin Cellars, LLC.
The Thanisch wines from the Doctor vineyard rarely stand out in our magazine’s blind tastings, making their value proposition questionable. That said, this is a finely elegant wine, with floral details on the nose and enduring stony notes on the finish that mark it as something special. At only 7.5% abv, you’d expect an intensely sweet wine, but the sugars are…
A lusciously fruity wine, showing better acids than many 2003s yet remaining soft and friendly. Apples and pears on the nose blend with tropical and citrus fruit on the palate. Finishes sweet and long, balanced by ripe acidity.