Sunday, February 22, 2015

Dr Thanisch Bernkasteler Doctor Kabinett

Dr Thanisch Bernkasteler Doctor Kabinett 2012
Bernkastel, Mosel, Germany

Tonight is the Academy Awards, so I decided to pop open a fancy bottle to enjoy with the fancy festivities! And what's more appropriate for a night of glitz and glam than a gorgeous Riesling from the famed Bernkasteler Doctor vineyard? This steep, south facing, 8 acre plot of Devonian slate soil is the source of some absolutely divine wines.

Why "The Doctor" you ask? Legend has it that in the 14th century, Archbishop Bohemund of Trier fell ill -- no herb or portion would cure him. Finally, he was given a flask of Riesling by a Knight of Bernkastel. The elixir cured his fever (and probably tasted delicious, too). From that point forward, this vineyard has been known as The Doctor.

Review: The wine is softly pale gold, with aromas of white blossoms, marmalade, and green plums. It is medium dry, with a crisp, fresh acidity and a medium body. This mineral driven Riesling has rich flavors of ripe honeydew melon, zingy orange citrus, and candied white peaches. The wine is just stunning. I adore the balance of sugar and acidity; the concentration of fruit, and minerals; and the wine's lingering finish.

Food Pairing: I made a giant pot of Cajun style red beans and rice tonight. The sweetness of the wine is perfect to temper the spice of my beans. 

Bottom Line: Gorgeous. I for one am a believer in the healing powers of The Doctor!

Wine Geekery:
  • VINTAGE: 2012
  • PLACE: Bernkastel, Mosel
  • GRAPE: Riesling
  • BOOZE: 8.0%
  • RESIDUAL SUGAR: roughly 50 g/L
  • CELLAR: Drink now through 2022

Where did I get it? Total Wine and More
What's the damage? Super Premium

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