"The most positive thing I can say about 2014 is that the rain unleashed the minerals," says Sofia Thanisch, quoting an often heard statement of many VDP producers this year. The Thanisch team started harvesting October 6 with a pre-selection, but then had to seep up. "We had to sort out a lot of disgusting green and acid rot to save good quality grapes." Thanisch finished on October 22 and their Doctors--four wines including the Grosses Gewächs and the Auslese--was picked October 19. The resulting wines are very, very good again, with a lovely Bernkasteler Lay Feinherb and a beautiful Doctor Kabinett.