2015 Markus Molitor Bernkasteler Badstube Spätlese Riesling Green Capsule Mosel

SKU #1316315 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Riesling Bernkasteler Badstube Spätlese (Green Capsule) is one of the most reductive wines that I tasted at Weingut MM in February 2017. The wine opens pure, flinty and with yeasty aromas whereas any fruit flavors were still closed and rather vegetal (without being green or unripe of course). On the palate, this is a full-bodied, very intense and aromatic Badstube with remarkable complexity and great elegance. The finish is tight and salty but still shows remarkable finesse and purity. Readers should cellar this wine for several years (5 to 10, even 20) to appreciate all its talents. This is a great Mosel Spätlese that tastes dry rather than really sweet. Bottled with 11% alcohol. (SR)  (4/2017)

93 points James Suckling

 A real beauty that has such ripeness and balance you don't need to know anything about wine to get it. Better in 2018 or any time during the following 15 years.

92 points Vinous

 Penetratingly high-toned peppermint allies on the nose with intimations of ripe honeydew, apple and cherry. Polished in feel, soothingly herbal and seamlessly ripe, this Kabinett’s fruit-forwardness is accentuated by efficacious yet very discreet sweetness. We’re at 11 percent alcohol here, but there is still a lovely sense of lift. The wet stone undertone found in the corresponding Kabinett is joined on the impressively persistent finish by hints of salinity and smokiness reminiscent of this collection’s amazing pair of white-capsule Bernkasteler Lay Auslesen. (DS)  (6/2017)

K&L Notes

Winery Notes: "The vineyards located towards the upper end of the site consist of fine slate soils with very good water-retention properties. This produces a very fresh, lively, exceptionally typical Mosel Riesling wine with stable acidity and very good maturation potential, even in the case of the lighter dry wines."

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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 Prädikat levels to describe their ripeness at harvest. These are: Kabinett, Spätlese, 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.