2011 Weingut Keller Kirchspiel Riesling Grosses Gewachs #135016921


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Reviews 91 points Wine Advocate "Pungent lime peel, quinine, and kirsch in the nose of Keller's 2011 Westhofener Kirchspiel Riesling Grosses Gewachs lead into a bright, tart, zesty palate featuring the pungency and piquancy promised in the nose, along with a strong sense of crushed stone suffusion. (DS)" 94 points John Gilman "The nose is more expressive at the present time than the more reserved Pettenthal, offering up a complex and very pure blend of tart orange, pink grapefruit, a bit of smoked meat, orange zest, complex, chalky minerality, wild yeasts and lemongrass. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, focused and vibrant, with great purity in the rock solid core, great cut and grip and a very long, laser-like and focused finish. (JG)"

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About Weingut Keller

Weingut Keller, located in Germany's Rheinhessen region, has risen to great prominence under the guidance of Klaus Peter and Julia Keller. Despite being situated in the once unfavorable "Hügelland," or hill country, Keller has sparked a renaissance in the region. Overlooked, vineyards like Kirchspiel, Hubacker, Morstein, and Abtserde are now revered for Riesling production, commanding high praise for their exceptional dry wines.

Keller's grand cru Rieslings are powerful and dense yet possess an elegant and refined beauty. The wines exhibit remarkable concentration, detailed fruit flavors, and a distinct minerality that makes them truly unforgettable. Beyond dry GGs, Keller produces outstanding Scheurebes, Rieslaners, Sylvaners, Auslesen, BA, and TBAs. This is a testament to Klaus Peter's affinity for the Mosel-style wines, influenced by his mother's heritage.

Keller's pursuit of excellence extends to the production of Spätburgunder. The rolling hills of the Rheinhessen, reminiscent of Burgundy's Côte d'Or, provide a favorable terroir for these captivating Pinots. Klaus Peter's passion for Burgundy is evident, as he visits the region often, and counts legends like Hubert Lignier and Eric Rousseau as friends.

Klaus Peter has made subtle changes in the cellar over the years but has really prioritized quality vineyard work. Fermentation occurs in old oak fuders, utilizing indigenous yeasts whenever possible. Extended skin contact and lees aging also contribute to the wines' deep, layered complexity.

Klaus Peter Keller's commitment to quality and innovation has garnered him a cult-like following. His wines, often compared to Burgundy's top Grand Cru whites, continue to evolve and improve with age, offering a harmonious balance of power, elegance, and refined delicacy.

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