2015 Molitor Bernkasteler Badstube Riesling Auslese Green Kapsel**
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale $44.94 (reg. $49.94)
Top flight Mosel Riesling couldn’t have had a better vintage in 2015, and grapes could practically be tossed straight into the bottle. Of course, Riesling lovers know how much skill is needed for these highly specialized wines, and Markus Molitor’s Green Kapsel (off-dry) Auslesen are exceptional. This already high-quality producer could not have produced a better (and broader) lineup of Rieslings than he did in 2015. The 2-star Green Kapsel from Bernkasteler Badstube shows why 2015 Mosel Riesling is a year to back the truck up to as it offers insane levels of purity and power with the kind of ageability that great Riesling is known for.
Owner and cellarmaster Markus Molitor is well known for his “frightening” levels of “ambition, indefatigability and standards of vinous excellence” per Vinous, which is all the more impressive given how many hectares he tends. As for the Bernkasteler Badstube vineyard, it’s fine slate soils are terrific at retaining water, which in a warm vintage like ‘15 was essential to get the balance that Molitor was chasing.
In any vintage, Molitor is a sure choice for top quality, age-worthy Riesling, and as for the ‘vintage of the century’ talk being bandied about, 2015, Jancis Robinson writes, “may well turn out to be the real thing.” This is the lowest price in the US for such a beautiful Auslese, which will age for decades and delight every palate it comes across. Cheers!