2015 Markus Molitor Riesling Bernkasteler Lay Auslese White Kapsel ***
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale: $69.94 (was: $99.94)
2015 gave us one of the greatest Riesling vintages in recent memory in the Mosel, allowing benchmark producers like Markus Molitor to produce their entire range in nearly every style, and for those who want an epic Riesling that doesn’t lack for richness or longevity, the Bernkasteler Lay White Kapsel is among Molitor’s best. Earning 97-points from the Wine Advocate, they described it as “rich, intense, juicy, powerful and succulent” with a “finish so long and complex that this wine will surely shine in 20 years.” High praise indeed, and given the pedigree of this site and Molitor’s reputation, the *** White Kapsel is an unbeatable choice for your cellar.
The different styles and quality levels of Riesling are all about ripeness, and 2015 brought the kind of perfectly even and long growing season that gave cellarmasters an extraordinary opportunity to make virtually any wine they wanted. This is a phenomenal Riesling from some of the best grapes Molitor brought in this year, and it is destined to be a stunning wine to enjoy over the next several decades. Cheers!