2004 Dr. H. Thanisch (Müller-Burggraef) Bernkasteler Doctor Riesling Eiswein (375ml) (Previously $130)

SKU #1139835 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Lively aromas of lemon meringue, apple jelly and acacia honey. The apricot fruit and mineral acidity dance lightly and elegantly over the palate. Persistent, honeyed finish given grip and thrust by slate and citrus elements.  (2/2006)

Wine Spectator

 Spicy, this shows more preserved fruit flavors of pineapple, pear and apricot, with a broader profile. It's lively, but softer overall. Drink now through 2025. (Web Only- 2006)

K&L Notes

Sweet potion indeed: According to a 14th century tale, the Bishop Boemond II (1354-1362) cured himself by drinking this wine. Henceforth, the vineyard called, "Berncasteler Doctor." For more than 100 years, this vineyard has since had the reputation as being the most expensive in Germany. but the pricing being offered on this bottling is less than Eisweins with little to no pedigree. The 2004 harvest was a classic Eiswein vintage across Germany, enabled by even ripeness with racy acidity and lack of botrytis. The Eiswein was harvested at the very end of the season when an ideal hard freeze hit the area, enabling the frozen grapes to be harvested in the early morning hours.

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