Dr. H. Thanisch Bernkasteler Lay Riesling Auslese 2006

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The Bernkasteler Lay is another topvineyard not far from the Berncasteler Doctor. At its centrepiece, is a high-quality plot, planted with very old vines. From this fine weathered slate we harvest mostly very ripe grapes with a highly elegant and complex profile. Loaded with Botrytis characters, this Auslese exhibits a potent bouquet of honey, raisin, stone fruit and honeysuckle characters. The palate is brimful of tropical fruit, raisins and citrus blossom characters in a luscious honeyed style. The sweet fruit is balanced with a finely grained acidity with superb palate length. Food Affinities: The complex array of fruit and flavour components in this wine will make it the centre piece of any conversation, enjoy the wine with good friends by itself.
Category White Wine
Varietal
Country Germany
Region Mosel-Saar-Ruwer
Appellation Bernkastel
Brand Dr. H. Thanisch
Alcohol/vol 9.8%
  • ws92

Wine SpectatorShows delicate flavors of strawberry and peony, with a creamy texture and hints of vanilla. This is airy, with a surprising backbone of acidity and good length. Drink now through 2032. 70 cases made.

Bruce Sanderson, April 30, 2008
  • we90

Wine EnthusiastPlump, mouthfilling and sweet, this is an easy-to-appreciate auslese loaded with fruit-driven flavor. Honeyed apples and pear lead the way, garnished by touches of stone fruit, orange marmalade and hints of slaty minerality. There's a slightly bitter tinge to the finish, but it actually helps the wine's overall balance.

Joe Czerwinski, March 1, 2009