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2011 Keller "Rr" RieslingRiesling from Germany


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  • 92 David Schildknecht - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
  • 91 John Gilman - View from the Cellar
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"Keller's 2011 Westhofener Kirchspiel Riesling RR once again reflects especially ripe fruit from an iron-rich sector in this site and illustrates the rather obvious fact (though one ignored by the vast majority of Germany's elite growers) that judicious residual sugar can render a riper wine more elegant simply because of reduced alcohol. And rest assured that there is more than enough acidity and extract here to buffer the modest level of residual sugar in question. Penetrating scents of kirsch and mirabelle distillates with hints of mint and a whiff of wood smoke lead to a substantial yet bright palate whose sappy multi-citrus intensity preserves into a gripping finish the invigoratingly piquant and pungent elements adumbrated in the nose. A hint of honey underscores the richness of ripe fruit while salt and stone add further complexity. I would expect this to perform well for at least a decade."

91 John Gilman - View from the Cellar

"The 2011 'RR' bottling from Weingut Keller this year will not be labeled as a Trocken, as Klaus-Peter preferred to leave the wine where it stopped on its own during fermentation, so the residual sweetness is just above the official cut off for a Trocken wine- despite the wine essentially still a dry wine and in the Feinherb range of residual sugar. The lovely nose offers up a complex melange of peach, tart orange, lovely soil tones, lemongrass, citrus zest and incipient notes of petrol. On the palate the wine is medium-full, crisp and classy, with just a bit of sweetness on the attack, lovely mid-palate depth, fine focus and excellent length and grip on the snappy and well-balanced finish. Another really lovely bottle. 2014-2030+."

Product Detail

Item # 69614
Country Germany
Region Rheinhessen
Sub-Region Rheinhessen

92 - David Schildknecht - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

91 - John Gilman - View from the Cellar

Vintage 2011
Color White
ABV 12.5%
Varietal(s) Riesling
Size 750 mL
Closure Cork
Taste apple, pear, peach, apricot and honey
Nose petrol, flint, rose petal, violet, orange peel, apple, pear and peach