2014 Franz Keller "Franz Anton" Spätburgunder Baden

SKU #1347525 94 points Wine Enthusiast

 Robust in body yet squarely structured, the Franz Anton shows more ripeness and concentration than the producer's standard-label bottling. Fleshy black cherry and berry flavors are ripe, but are offset by crisp acidity and a shroud of smoke and toast that accents without overwhelming. It's bold and penetrating, with a long finish marked by fine, persistent tannins. Delicious already, but bold enough to improve through at least 2030. *Best of 2017, Cellar Selection* (AI)  (2/2017)

92 points Decanter

 A lovely savoury nose of bay leaf and hayflowers precedes cherry and berry fruit. Pepper mingles with the soft red fruit on a moreish palate. This is appetising, elegant and taut with a mouthwatering finish. (AK)  (10/2017)

90 points Wine & Spirits

 Robust and spicy, this is a dark, earthy pinot filled with black raspberry flavor. It’s firm and structured, the acidity carrying a refreshing rose-hip tang, and lasts with violet fragrance.  (12/2016)

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Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/28/2018 | Send Email
This is a delicious bottle of Pinot filled with ripe, vibrant red and dark fruit along with a touch of smoke and a hint of spice. There is wonderful depth of flavor and a balancing acidity that tempers the sweetness of the fruit and adds fine length, In today's high quality Pinot Noir market this is a bargain.

Staff Image By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/28/2018 | Send Email
Lifted, aromatic, high-toned, powerful, spicy, earthy serious Pinot Noir that is affordable and ready to drink? Yes, you just have to know where to look. For example in Germany where the red wines have been getting better and better (hey thanks global warming) although to be honest they have always had amazing reds that have slid under the radar. A beautiful balance of ripe fruit, earth and acid and all ready to enjoy.

Staff Image By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/28/2018 | Send Email
Let me tell you a secret, "the best value Burgundies at K&L are found in the German section". I know that this is a very controversial thing to say but there is a lot of truth to it. While there are good many good red Burgundy's to be had at this or lower prices those wines do not have lift, charm, poise, complexity, nor purity that this wine does. This wine lives up to the expectations that the appellation "Burgundy" classically has. The one thing that this wine does not have, is a library of books examining the uniqueness of the regions "Terroir". There will be, we just have to wait for them. Think I am crazy? You might be right, but you'll have to try a bottle to confirm it. You will not regret it.

Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/27/2018 | Send Email
The nose of this wine is pure Pinot that seems slightly more new world than old due to its wonderfully ripe fruit; however immediately behind that are bits of earth and spice that gives me more of a sense of place and terroir. On the palate it shows an elegance, balance, and supple nature that make it a pleasure to drink. The flavors are classic Pinot fruit with perhaps a bit of stem and earth. I think of this wine with a roast chicken, something savory but not overwhelming.
Drink from 2018 to 2020

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Varietal:

Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
Country:

Germany

- Thanks to a recent string of excellent vintages and to the reemergence of Germany onto the international wine writing scene, this is a country that's hot, hot, hot! Germany is divided into 13 wine Region and produces a very wide variety of wine styles, from incredibly high-acid, dry wines to some of the sweetest, most unctuous concoctions on the planet and even a few surprisingly hearty reds. Most of the highest-quality wines are grown on steep banks along the rivers in these Region. Small vineyards are still mostly hand tended and picked, due to the difficult nature of mechanization on these slopes. White wine production accounts for nearly 80% of the total with Riesling being the most important varietal, though Muller-Thurgau is still more widely planted.
Sub-Region:

Pfalz

Alcohol Content (%): 13