2011 Keller "Von der Fels" Riesling Trocken

SKU #1093685 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Representing as usual a selection from across his top sites, Keller's 2011 Riesling trocken Von der Fels delivers pronounced citrus rind and pip piquancy, along with notes of pumpkin or winter squash with their seeds and myriad - alkaline, stony, saline - suggestions of things mineral. A tad lower in alcohol than the corresponding Gutsriesling, it manages a similar trick of projecting substantiality at the same time as levity and vivacity. This impressively persistent cuvee is likely to gain an edge on that generic if permitted a few years in bottle, even though today it's marginally less infectiously juicy.  (2/2013)

Jancis Robinson

 As the translation ‘of the rocks’ already implies, this dry estate Riesling sees its strength in a minerally expression rather than fruity flattery. A chewy and almost gravelly tangent lends firm contours to an ample body. Acidity has not been neglected and contributes to a sound and rugged performance. A perfect partner for authentic German cuisine, and that does not always mean Bratwurst.  (7/2012)

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