2015 Wwe. Dr. H. Thanisch (Müller-Burggraef) Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Kabinett Mosel

SKU #1281031 92 points Wine Enthusiast

 While initially a bit earthy and savory on the nose, this ethereal kabinett abounds in fruity, floral complexities. Cutting and spry, its sweet, tangy citrus and stone-fruit flavors seem to dance nervously on the palate. It's nuanced and minerally, with a deliciously salty finish. (AI)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Kabinett displays a clear, intense and pretty vinous bouquet with very delicate smoky aromas and remarkably less sulfur notes than common Mosel Kabinetts (that normally are at 35 to 40 milligrams of free SO2). Thanisch's 2015 is a very delicate, round, lush and elegant but also complex Kabinett with nice purity, grip and lingering salinity. This is a really expressive Riesling with 8.5% alcohol and 66 grams of residual sugar. (SR)  (4/2017)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Racy and rich, with concentrated green peach and grapefruit flavors accented by notes of wet stone. Tropical details emerge on the minerally finish alongside hints of smoke. (KM)  (11/2016)

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Staff Image By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/1/2016 | Send Email
Slightly smoky at first with a hint of petrol that gives way to bright apple fruit, soft honey, and mouthwatering acidity, this Riesling Kabinett is sharply delicious with a long finish. Tingly but easy drinking, the 2015 Thanisch is classically flinty, fruity Mosel for, unbelievably, under $20. Drink now!

Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/1/2016 | Send Email
It's no surprise that one of the icons of the Mosel delivers again in this most pristine of vintages. The Badstube has all the hallmarks of classic. Intense acidity, flinty minerality, vibrant apple and pear fruit, long finish. For me this as a short term ager (maybe a year or two) with a decade or more of a drinking window once it awakens from a short slumber in your cellar.

Staff Image By: Olivia Ragni | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/1/2016 | Send Email
Classic notes of honeycomb and smoke turn to flavors of crunchy apples, exotic fruits like Asian pears and star fruit, and ginger and exotic spices. There is loads of texture and a long, mouthwatering finish that leaves you wanting more.

Staff Image By: Mahon McGrath | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/25/2016 | Send Email
This needs air the same way that a bird does. Though for different reasons, obviously. Once the sulphur quits hogging the stage, there's a classic Mosel waiting to be discovered. Lightly sweet throughout its length and breadth, with lime and floral flavors of good intensity, this nevertheless seems to float just a few inches off the ground. The finish hits with chilly refreshment, like an inadvertent shiver. A nice Kabinett for the hear and now.

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- While the rest of the world has often misappropriated the name--Welchriesling, Riesling Italico, Gray Riesling and Emerald Riesling are all names applied to varieties that are NOT Riesling--this exceptional German varietal has managed to maintain its identity. Perhaps its biggest claims to fame are its intoxicating perfume, often described as having honeyed stone fruit, herb, apple and citrus notes, and its incredible longevity - the wines lasting for decades. Aged Rieslings often take on a distinctive and alluring Petrol-like aroma. Within Germany, the grape seems to do best in the warming slate soils of the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer. Other German regions that turn out great Rieslings include Pfalz, Rheingau and Nahe. German Rieslings are made in a range of ripeness levels. The top wines are assigned Pr├Ądikat levels to describe their ripeness at harvest. These are: Kabinett, Sp├Ątlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese, Eiswein and Trockenbeerenauslese. Riesling has also achieved acclaim in France's Alsace, the only region in that country where the grape is officially permitted. Alsatian Rieslings are typically dry and wonderfully aromatic. Austrian Riesling is also steadily gaining praise and fine Riesling is also produced in Italy's Alto-Adige and Friuli, in Slovenia and much of Central and Eastern Europe. In the New World its stronghold is Australia, where it does best in the Eden and Clare Valleys. It is also planted in smaller amounts in New Zealand. In the US, winemakers are eschewing the syrupy sweet versions of the 1970s and 1980s, instead making elegant and balanced wines in both California and Washington State.


- Thanks to a recent string of excellent vintages and to the reemergence of Germany onto the international wine writing scene, this is a country that's hot, hot, hot! Germany is divided into 13 wine Region and produces a very wide variety of wine styles, from incredibly high-acid, dry wines to some of the sweetest, most unctuous concoctions on the planet and even a few surprisingly hearty reds. Most of the highest-quality wines are grown on steep banks along the rivers in these Region. Small vineyards are still mostly hand tended and picked, due to the difficult nature of mechanization on these slopes. White wine production accounts for nearly 80% of the total with Riesling being the most important varietal, though Muller-Thurgau is still more widely planted.