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Date Printed: 11/25/2014
Dr. Thanisch Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spatlese 2003
Dr. Thanisch Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spatlese 2003
(search item no. 88020)

PRICE ON 11/25/2014: $18.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Graach is an excellent wine growing village in the heart of the Middle Mosel. The steep slopes of the Graacher Himmelreich vineyard are facing South-West. They are exclusively planted with Riesling.

The nose displays a sweet floral quality of plummeria, fresh peach with a touch of petrol character which is common in German wines. Often the more age a German wine has, the stronger the petrol character. There is nothing wrong with wines with this aroma. This 2003 vintage, only shows a slight – medium petrol aroma. Brimful with character, the Himmelreich Spätlese palate is a wonderful mix of peach, honey and mango. The medium weight interplays enticingly with the finely bound acidity.

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About Dr. Thanisch:

The wine-growing tradition of the Thanisch family can be traced back more than 350 years. In 1636, the name was mentioned for the first time in the registers of Bernkastel-Kues. The quality of the family´s wines soon extended their excellent reputation far beyond the Mosel valley.

Quality is still the standard of the Thanisch family estate. A great part of this quality is due to the Doctor Cellar which is hewn deep into the rocks beneath the vineyard. Here all Thanisch wines are matured in tradional old oak Fuder casks at a constant year-round temperature of 8 C (45 F). Recently, the family has invested heavily into modern technology, gentle handling of uncrushed grapes and cold, controlled fermentation. The estate is today owned by Margrit Mueller-Burggraef, a grand-daughter of Dr Hugo Thanisch.