Dr. Thanisch 2009 Riesling Spatlese Trocken
Our Selection for Wine of the Week April 1, 2013
With twelve hectares of sustainably farmed, prime, Mosel Valley vineyards, the Thanisch label sets a standard for the region. The winery has remained in the same family for four generations; Margrit Muller-Burggraef, granddaughter of the winery's founder Dr. Hugo Thanisch, recently passed the estate on to her niece, who proudly carries on its winemaking legacy. In addition to more than half a dozen Rieslings, the winery currently produces a Pinot Noir. Medium-bodied, the 2009 Riesling Spätlese Trocken offers aromas of sweet honeysuckle and elderflower layered with anise. Bright, fresh and lively on the palate, its up front fruit flavors are of lemon, lime and white peach with apricots, honey and spice lingering on the back. A hint of minerality toward the back keeps the fruit notes in check. Overall, it is a nicely balanced, food-friendly drink. It will make a sophisticated choice to serve with many ethnic foods including lightly spicy Indian, Mexican or Thai. It would also make a welcome pairing with shellfish dishes like freshly cracked crab, scallop ceviche or lobster risotto.