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)
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.
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)
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