DR H. THANISCH ERBEN MULLER-BURGGRAEF 2014 RIESLING SPATLESE BERNCASTELER DOCTOR

Item #: i_382386
Bottle Size: 750ml
QOH: 16
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$32.95
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WINE ADVOCATE - 94 POINTS The 2014 Berncasteler Doctor Riesling Spatlese is clear and concentrated on both nose and palate, and comes along as a highly elegant, piquant and persistently mineral and salty Riesling with great terroir expression and an endless finish. This is a great and flinty Spatlese with 7.5% alcohol that would be worth a Goldkapsel (Gold Capsule). Bottled with 7.5% alcohol, it's perfectly balanced and full of tension and delicacy.

"You had to have good nerves and an instinctive feeling in 2014," says Max Ferger, winemaking director of the domaine from Barbara and Eric Rundquist, who are currently building a new winery far outside the inner city of Bernkastel. After a terribly rainy August and September (with 295 liters of rain) the harvest began earlier than expected and had to be finished quickly. Pinot Noir was the first grape that was picked in October, and it had to be sorted painstakingly, since the grapes were "everything between perfect and rotten,"--also a result of drosophila suzukii, which occurred for the first time in the Mosel. "Even within the same vineyard, there were good and rotten grapes, not just in the Pinot plots, but also the Riesling parcels," reports Max Ferger. "We had to control every single vineyard in order to react promptly.“ Yields were very diverse from village to village. Whereas in the top sites, only 20 hectoliters were cropped, there were 45 hectoliters in the vineyards in Kues and Lieser. The average yield in 2014 was 27 hectoliters, which is a bit more than 2013, but less than 2012 and by far not enough. The 2014 harvest was paused only on two rainy days and finished on October 30. Thanks to the sorting investment, Ferger fermented musts with sugar weights high enough for Spatlese and even two Auslese Rieslings. The resulting wines are at least very good and many of them are excellent; whereas the predicates from the Bernkasteler Doctor are simply great in their elegance and finesse. Don't miss them, although they are rare.
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