2010 Keller "Kirchspiel" Riesling Grosses Gewächs

SKU #1112940 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Finishing at a mere 12.4% alcohol even though not picked until mid-November, Keller’s 2010 Dalsheimer Hubacker Riesling Grosses Gewachs smells of apple, pear, and white peach garlanded in hedge flowers and thyme, which come onto the palate expansively, generously juicy and persistently perfumed for a performance of vivacity and levity that finishes with wafting, glowing persistence, subtly bitter suggestions of fruit pit and pip adding invigorating counterpoint. This is to be sure less dense or mineral in flavor than the corresponding Kirchspiel (which comes from some of Keller’s oldest vines) but how much more winsome and (to this taster at least) psychically uplifting! Plan to follow it for the next 6-8 years.  (12/2011)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Elegant aromas of apricot pit, lemon oil and pine nuts. Crisp and fresh, with noteworthy nerve, poise and balance. Salty minerality and penetrating spices carry the finish. Very refined and eminently drinkable.  (2/2012)

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