The Rieslings produced by Thanisch from their 16 acres of vines are classic Mosel wines, elegantly balancing the fruit and acidity within a framework of subtle minerality. The wines may seem delicate and lighter than some but some time spent with them begins to reveal the breadth of flavors and layers of complexity that are there. The Badstube vineyard is positioned a little higher up off the river, and its Rieslings are classic Kabinetts - lively and fresh, with acidity that rewards both immediate gratification and time in the cellar.
Matt S., Beltramo's Wine Consultant
Viticulture in the Mosel valley is dictated by the unique countryside. The character of the growing area is formed by the special geological, topographical and micro - climatical configuration. Grower's experience, care and innate understanding compliment the mineralic and spicy interplay that define these extraordinary wines. Over a period of 15 million years, the Mosel dug into a slaty mountain range full of minerals that developed 400 million years ago. The slate erodes easily and its components decay and enrich the soil, which are dissolved in the ground water and absorbed by the vines. Due to the sheltered position of the Mosel Valley, it is part of the warmest climatic zones in Germany. The capability of the Mosel River and the soil to store heat and reflect sunlight minimizes the annual deviation of temperature and maximizes photosynthesis, making viticulture possble in this, otherwise, very cool region. The Bernkasteler Badstube vineyards are mostly positoned a little higher up off the river, from the middle of the vineyard till the woods. Their soil is fine slate that stores water extremely well. Very lively and fresh Rieslings grow here with a racy and stable acidity and an extraordinary potential for development. The Bernkasteler Badstube comprises six of the best Vineyardsites from Bernkastel: Alte Badstube am Doctorberg, BratenhÃ¶fchen, Doctor, Graben, Lay and Matheisbildchen. Weingut Dr. H. Thanisch
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