Saturday, August 30, 2008
The first video post!
A short video of the Doctor vineyard in the village of Bernkastel in the Mosel. We tasted a lot of wines that day, and loved them all. The ones from Dr. Thanisch, where the video was taken, are super rich and ripe and have intense sweetness and acidity.
The vineyards are crazy, so steep you can't really walk on the soil without sliding down the hill and slipping on all the blue slate. I've seen pictures before, of course, and knew the vineyards were steep, but this was quite an experience. Until you're standing at the top of that hill with serious vertigo it doesn't really register just how insane it must to work the vines on these slopes.
The wines from Selbach-Oster (far above) are not from this vineyard but instead come from vineyards in the villages of Zeltlinger and Graacher. They aren't as unctuous as the DR. Thanisch wines and they are easier to drink when young. I particularly thought their Red Fish and Green Fish wines were very good for the price. They retail between 10 and 13 dollars here in the states. The Red Fish is completely dry with 12.5% alcohol, while the Green Fish is lower alcohol (9.5%) with a smidge of residual sugar for those of you who dig that sort of thing. Perfect for daytime sipping. I know they export a ton into the states, I just can't seem to find out where they are sold at the moment, which is of no use to you! But when I find them I will let you know.
So instead, check out their Kabinett, Riesling, 2007 (not pictured) for $21.99 at K&L.