2011 Keller "Hubacker" Riesling Grosses Gewächs

SKU #1134211 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Pear, zesty lime and pineapple close to the core ally themselves to crystalline, alkaline and stony notes in Keller's 2011 Dalsheimer Hubacker Riesling Grosses Gewachs, leading to a juicy palate impression and finish that positively shimmer. Coriander seed, grapefruit rind, peach kernel, nut oils and quinine add piquant pungency to this impressively persistent performance that should be worth following for at least a decade. This site tends to wear its extract on its sleeve, but fortunately that doesn't this year preclude succulence, lift or refreshment. I think of Kirchspiel as feline, whereas Hubacker is a rather large canine bounding into your lap.  (2/2013)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Delicate aromas of white peach, sweet lime and persimmon. The crisp, clean structure of this wine belies the intense weight of invigorating apricot pit fruit. Fine smoky, salty minerality makes for an elegant finish. This is the most feminine of the estate's dry rieslings and the one that drinks the best in its youth.  (2/2013)

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