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Weingut Keller Riesling

 

“If I had to choose one wine to show how great dry German Riesling can be I would choose a Keller Riesling.” - Jancis Robinson MW

It would be no exaggeration to say Weingut Keller consistently produces the finest dry Rieslings in the world, a fact proven year after year since Klaus-Peter Keller took over the reins from his father in 2001. Along with his wife Julia, Klaus-Peter has continued to prioritise the quality of dry wine produced at the estate, and these are now some of the most sought after and collected wines on the planet.

Part of the formula to this success is due to old vines where many were planted in the 50’s and 60’s, along with incredibly low yields of 35hl/ha or less. Keller also prefers to take active steps to slow the vegetative cycle of the vine during the course of the growing season, resulting in grapes that are some of the last to be harvested in Rheinhessen. Meticulous grape selection follows, allowing a long skin contact time of 30-40 hours before pressing, and then fermentation in a mix of old oak barrels and stainless steel tanks.

While 85% of the estate consists of Grosse Lage (Grand Cru) sites, only a tiny proportion is labelled as such meaning there are great values to be had with their entry Trocken Riesling, along with the 'baby GG' Von der Fels. Of course those Grand Cru wines that are classified as Grosses Gewachs (GG) are the pinnacle of dry Riesling found anywhere in the world.

      2019 Keller Riesling Trocken
      Rheinhessen, GERMANY
      $49. 99 Bottle
      $599.88 Dozen
      ABV: 11%
      Closure: Cork

      It would be no exaggeration to say Weingut Keller consistently produce the finest dry Rieslings in the world, a fact proven year after year since Klaus-Peter Keller took over the reins from his father in 2001. Along with his wife Julia, Klaus-Peter has continued to prioritise the quality of dry wine produced at the estate, and these are now some of the most sought after and collected wines on the planet.

      The Riesling Trocken is such a perfect foray into Keller wines as it is always treated with the same meticulous care as their top releases. While 85% of Keller holdings are classified as 'Grand Cru', only 15% of his wines are labelled as such meaning a lot of premium fruit goes into his other releases including this fantastic wine.

        2020 Keller Limestone Riesling
        Rheinhessen, GERMANY
        $54. 99 Bottle
        $659.88 Dozen
        ABV: 10%
        Closure: Cork

        It would be no exaggeration to say Weingut Keller consistently produce the finest dry Rieslings in the world, a fact proven year after year since Klaus-Peter Keller took over the reins from his father in 2001. Along with his wife Julia, Klaus-Peter has continued to prioritise the quality of dry wine produced at the estate, and these are now some of the most sought after and collected wines on the planet.

        Sourced predominantly from the Hubacker and Kirchspiel 'GG' sites, the limestone presents incredibly concentrated fruit and spice along with a gentle touch of sweetness, Sabre-like acidity brought together in seamless balance.

          2020 Keller Riesling Trocken
          Rheinhessen, GERMANY
          $49. 99 Bottle
          $599.88 Dozen
          ABV: 11.5%
          Closure: Cork

          It would be no exaggeration to say Weingut Keller consistently produce the finest dry Rieslings in the world, a fact proven year after year since Klaus-Peter Keller took over the reins from his father in 2001. Along with his wife Julia, Klaus-Peter has continued to prioritise the quality of dry wine produced at the estate, and these are now some of the most sought after and collected wines on the planet.

          The Riesling Trocken is such a perfect foray into Keller wines as it is always treated with the same meticulous care as their top releases. While 85% of Keller holdings are classified as 'Grand Cru', only 15% of his wines are labelled as such meaning a lot of premium fruit goes into his other releases including this fantastic wine.

          • 96
            2017 Keller AbtsE Riesling Spatlese
            Rheinhessen, GERMANY
            $199. 00 Bottle
            $2388.00 Dozen
            ABV: 8.5%
            Closure: Cork

            Other Reviews....
            Picked in conjunction with the corresponding Grosses Gewächs, this leads with scents of lemon, mirabelle and quince. The lusciously fruited, glossy but buoyant palate adds an animating tang of seedy white currant that sets up an invigorating and dynamic counterpoint with the wine’s sweetness and with the faintly jellied aspects of quince and mirabelle that feature alongside their fresh fruit expressions. A cooling inner-mouth hint of mint and a faint aura of white raisin add further contrast and allure. In keeping with themes familiar from this collection’s memorable Grosse Gewächse, the soaring, superbly sustained finish exhibits striking vibrancy as well as a palpable sense of chalky impingement rare in a sweet Spätlese. What’s more, for all of the richness and flirtation with overripeness on display here, there is infectious juiciness to refresh and encourage the next sip.
            96 points
            David Schildknecht - Vinous

            Deep yellow plum (from limestone soils says Klaus Peter Keller). Smells beautifully ripe but not overripe. Sweet and intensely fruited – almost too much at this stage. Eye-watering intensity and purity.
            17.5++/20 points
            Julia Harding MW - jancisrobinson.com

            • 94
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              2018 Keller Gruner Silvaner Trocken
              Rheinhessen, GERMANY
              $37. 99 Bottle
              $455.88 Dozen
              Cellar: Drink now - 4 Years (2019-2023)
              ABV: 11.5%
              Closure: Diam Cork

              Brilliant almost water like coloured core with a distinctive tinge of green to the edges. Elevated ripe lime and green apple aromas laced with a touch of spice are followed by some mandarin and subtle flinty mineral notes. Zingy citrus and mandarin flavours sit over lime and green apple elements. Finishes dry with a lingering stony minerality. Long tangy aftertaste with zippy acidity sitting underneath.
              Drink over the next 3-4 years.
              Alc. 11.5%

              Other Reviews….
              As much as I approve of DIAM corks in concept, they sure are a pain in the arse to get back into a bottle neck. This wine would go very well under a screwcap. Just saying.
              Pretty much never a bad wine from Keller, at all price points, and no change here. It’s a wine of interest and personality. It’s flecked with pleasant green herb things lending perfume, kohlrabi or daikon, juicy lemon drizzled green pear, and aniseed too. Mouth-watering acidity, a precise feel and understated fruitiness, quartz-like texture, saline and brisk through the finish. Racy and so worthy. It makes me feel like eating Yum Cha. Drink 2019-2025.
              93 points
              Gary Walsh – The Wine Front

              • 93
                2020 Keller Von der Fels Riesling
                Rheinhessen, GERMANY
                $84. 99 Bottle
                $1019.88 Dozen
                ABV: 12.5%
                Closure: Cork

                It would be no exaggeration to say Weingut Keller consistently produce the finest dry Rieslings in the world, a fact proven year after year since Klaus-Peter Keller took over the reins from his father in 2001. Along with his wife Julia, Klaus-Peter has continued to prioritise the quality of dry wine produced at the estate, and these are now some of the most sought after and collected wines on the planet.

                While 85% of the estate consists of Grosse Lage (Grand Cru) sites, only a tiny proportion is labelled as such meaning there are great values to be had with their entry Trocken Riesling, along with the 'baby GG' Von der Fels.

                Other Reviews....
                The cool nose of crisp pear, lemon zest and parsley is exactly reflected in the precise and mineral palate that doesn’t have a gram of fat on it. Long, finely etched finish that’s full of expression. Drink or hold.
                93 points
                JamesSuckling.com

                It’s never easy to assess a wine that’s only been in bottle for a week, as fermentation aromas can blur the picture to some extent.
                There are plenty of pleasant aromas to pick from with fresh mint and parsley, apple and pear, citrus and elderflower. Very creamy on the palate, acidity seems quite restrained, but compensated for by the taste of sweet grapefruit and lemon, including juice, zest and peel. Finishes on the merest of salty nuances. Drink 2022 - 2032.
                17.5/20 points
                Michael Schmidt - jancisrobinson.com

                  2019 Keller Von der Fels Riesling
                  Rheinhessen, GERMANY
                  $79. 99 Bottle
                  $959.88 Dozen
                  ABV: 12.5%
                  Closure: Cork

                  It would be no exaggeration to say Weingut Keller consistently produce the finest dry Rieslings in the world, a fact proven year after year since Klaus-Peter Keller took over the reins from his father in 2001. Along with his wife Julia, Klaus-Peter has continued to prioritise the quality of dry wine produced at the estate, and these are now some of the most sought after and collected wines on the planet.

                  While 85% of the estate consists of Grosse Lage (Grand Cru) sites, only a tiny proportion is labelled as such meaning there are great values to be had with their entry Trocken Riesling, along with the 'baby GG' Von der Fels.

                  Other Reviews....
                  A wine to inhale. A composition of green mint, sage and chalk which would refresh even the most exhausted of olfactory senses. Squeaky clean and fresh on the palate, with an intriguing touch of tropical fruit, sweet lemon too, healthy acidity and chalky mineral finish. Has not quite unfolded its full potential yet. Drink 2021 - 2034.
                  18/20 points
                  Michael Schmidt - jancisrobinson.com

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                    2019 Keller Kirchspiel Riesling Grosses Gewachs
                    Rheinhessen, GERMANY
                    $370. 00 Bottle
                    $4440.00 Dozen
                    ABV: 13%
                    Closure: Cork

                    Other Reviews....
                    Keller's 2019 Kirchspiel Riesling GG opens puristic and chalky on the nose with lemon oil and woodruff aromas. Juicy, round and rich on the palate, with smooth suppleness, fine tannins and a stimulating kick on the finish, this is a less puristic but juicy and intense Riesling of great class. Drink 2023 - 2040.
                    96 points
                    Stephan Reinhardt - Wine Advocate (Apr 2021)

                    Still waters run deep! Warm and ripe, yet such delicate mirabelle aromas with a ton of herbal overtones. Concentrated and well structured, but also with lovely juiciness. Then comes the long, vibrant and energetic finish that's full of spice. Drink or hold.
                    96 points
                    JamesSuckling.com

                    A pungent herbaceous nose settles down after a bit of airing into an animating green-herbal fragrance, complemented by earthy and chalky mineral notions. On the palate there are some fine nuances of citrus fruit, but the main flavour revolves around a refined combination of fresh green mint and pronounced salty minerality, supported by vibrant acidity and a delicate sprinkling of spice. Drink 2020-08-25.
                    18/20 points
                    Michael Schmidt - jancisrobinson.com

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                      2019 Keller Morstein Riesling Grosses Gewachs
                      Rheinhessen, GERMANY
                      $799. 00 Bottle
                      $9588.00 Dozen
                      ABV: 12.5%
                      Closure: Cork

                      Other Reviews....
                      Keller's 2019 Morstein Riesling GG Alte Reben is one of the finest dry Rieslings of the vintage. From 75-year-old vines and aged in a 1,000-liter oak vat, this iconic Morstein opens with a very clear, lemony and chalky bouquet along with floral notes and perfectly ripe and concentrated yet still coolish fruit aromas. Full of finesse, mineral vitality and tension, this is a very intense and complex Riesling that develops spectacular length, which is carried onward by a fascinating, razor-sharp and steely, iron-coin, crystalline acidity. After a while in the glass, the wine sheds notes of orange blossoms and Muscat, along with honey flavors and Mediterranean herbal aromas. The yeasty layers are so delicate, like if this were Champagne. The finish is endless. What a noble dry Riesling! Drink 2026 - 2050.
                      99 points
                      Stephan Reinhardt - Wine Advocate (Apr 2021)

                      Weighty with ripe-apricot and chalky character and great tannins, but also with darkness and mystery. This rich, highly structured dry riesling embraces you and doesn't want to let go. A major statement, but still moderate in alcohol and very clean at the super long finish. Drink or hold.
                      98 points
                      JamesSuckling.com

                      A fresh and exhilarating expression of herbal and vegetal aromas not only declares the use of spontaneous fermentation, but also successfully avoids its main flaw of medicinal pungency. On the palate minerality takes charge with compact and cool earthy and stony notes. The mineral impact is tastefully buffered by juicy fruit, but riveting acidity keeps the taste buds on their toes. Has plenty of edge without being aggressive. Long term. Drink 2022 - 2032.
                      19/20 points
                      Michael Schmidt - jancisrobinson.com

                      • 95
                        2019 Keller Frauenberg Riesling Grosses Gewachs
                        Rheinhessen, GERMANY
                        $370. 00 Bottle
                        $4440.00 Dozen
                        ABV: 13%
                        Closure: Cork

                        Other Reviews....
                        A powerful and tightly wound dry riesling with serious concentration, this is still a bit embryonic in the nose with mirabelle, herbal and flinty notes. However, on the palate it already gives a lot of pleasure and the long finish is beautifully supported by the firm tannins and acidity. Drink or hold.
                        95 points
                        JamesSuckling.com

                        First vintage since they have had control of the vines in this 0.65-ha parcel. Planted in the mid 80s. The Kellers swapped a parcel of Pinot Blanc for this Riesling, just above their Frauenberg Pinot. The grower they swapped with thought he had won the lottery because of the differences in yields – which were more valuable to him than the Frauenberg Riesling, with its older vines and lower yields, was to the Keller family. Cask sample.
                        Tasted blind. More spice and herbs and less fumy character here compared with the Morstein but marked by a spicy minerality and a note of bitter orange. On the nose is a sense of power but this is not matched completely on the palate, which is less intense even if it is persistent. There’s a breadth and savour that is more like Morstein than like Kirchspiel but less 'dark'. Long but not quite as intense on the mid palate as the Morstein and the Kirchspiel. Drink 2021 - 2030.
                        17.5/20 points
                        Julia Harding MW - jancisrobinson.com

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                          2019 Keller Hubacker Riesling Grosses Gewachs
                          Rheinhessen, GERMANY
                          $370. 00 Bottle
                          $4440.00 Dozen
                          ABV: 13%
                          Closure: Cork

                          Other Reviews....
                          From yellow-colored limestone soils in Keller's monopole since 1789, the 2019 Hubacker Riesling GG opens pure, flinty and spicy on the very intense yet refined nose with lemon, herbal and yeasty tones. This is pure, vital or almost racy on the palate, which is an excellent counterpoint to the suppleness and richness of this Hubacker that displays mandarin and white peach aromas. The wine is silky, fresh and juicy but also enormously mineral and tensioned, with impressive grip and length. I have never had a Hubacker at such a high level. Drink 2020 - 2043.
                          97 points
                          Stephan Reinhardt - Wine Advocate (Apr 2021)

                          Ripe and succulent, this generous dry riesling is so easy to enjoy, but also has so much depth and finesse. Stunning apricot, pineapple and mineral finish. Drink or hold.
                          97 points
                          JamesSuckling.com

                          Really cool and fresh on the nose with aromas of crushed basil and mint. A hint of almond blossom makes a delicate floral contribution. The flavour of the Hubacker combines sappy herbaceous and herbal elements with subtle notes of mandarin and citrus peel, served on a creamy texture. Acidity is well integrated, just adding a slight lemony touch to the finish. Drink 2021 - 2030.
                          18.5/20 points
                          Michael Schmidt - jancisrobinson.com

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                            2019 Keller AbtsE Riesling Grosses Gewachs
                            Rheinhessen, GERMANY
                            $550. 00 Bottle
                            $6600.00 Dozen
                            ABV: 13%
                            Closure: Cork

                            Other Reviews....
                            Grown only 200 meters away from the old-vines Morstein, the 2019 Abts E(rde) Riesling GG combines perfect fruit ripeness with delicate concentration as well as notes of chalk, flint and iron. There is a similarity to both Kirchspiel (minty, herbal and chalky notes) and Morstein (transcendency), but this has unique ripeness and concentration of fruit, with shredded lemon rind and unique finesse. Round and juicy on the palate, this is a supple and intense yet delicate and silky Riesling with a firm structure built by very fine tannins and remarkably fine acidity. There is this slushy chalkiness combined with lemon oil typical for this terroir. The finish is highly intense and long. Drink 2022 - 2045.
                            99 points
                            Stephan Reinhardt - Wine Advocate (Apr 2021)

                            Why fret, why worry if you can drink this unbelievable wine? Mind-blowing nose of apricot, fresh pineapple and a thousand spices. Ravishing interplay of fruit, acidity, minerals and so much else that isn't easy to describe in a few measly words. The ultra long finish is so uplifting and utterly joyful. Drink or hold.
                            100 points
                            JamesSuckling.com

                            Although the Abts E gets out of the starting blocks with an assertive herbaceous fragrance, further airing reveals gentle floral nuances and a potpourri of garden herbs with oregano and marjoram the most recognisable ones. On the palate the herbal expression is quite concentrated, yet at the same time fairly soft and complemented by just a smidgeon of aniseed. A deliciously salty tang adds further sensory delight. Gentle, cool and elegant. Drink 2022 - 2032.
                            19/20 points
                            Michael Schmidt - jancisrobinson.com

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                              2019 Keller G-Max Riesling
                              Rheinhessen, GERMANY
                              $2199. 00 Bottle
                              $26388.00 Dozen
                              ABV: 13%
                              Closure: Cork

                              Other Reviews....
                              Keller's extremely rare and mysterious 2019 Riesling G-Max displays an intense lemon-yellow color and opens fascinatingly deep, pure, refined and highly complex on the stony, intense and concentrated nose. The palate is a continuation of the nose and reveals beautifully balanced, seamlessly silky-textured richness and mouth-salivating salinity. Sourced from the oldest vines of the family domain, this is the greatest wine I have had from Keller and one of the finest 2018s (sic) I have tasted. Drink 2021 - 2060.
                              100 points
                              Stephan Reinhardt - Wine Advocate (Apr 2021)

                              The perfect introduction to the greatness of the dry rieslings of the Wonnegau sub-region of Rheinhessen. An entire spectrum of yellow fruit, ripe and rich, yet delicate and cool, this has seamless harmony that's very hard to resist. The enormous depth only shows itself at the spectacular, crescendo finish, but even there it's dazzling, bright and clean. Limited production. Drink or hold.
                              100 points
                              JamesSuckling.com

                              Cask sample, tasted blind. Smoky aroma marked by fumy note from ambient-yeast fermentation. Spicy minerality. Really tight and almost chalky in the texture. High, mouth-watering acidity. Dusty, too, that chalky mineral character I associate with limestone. Apparently the site for this wine is even higher in limestone than Hubacker. Lime and herbs in the tension. Massive concentration here and spice on the finish. Really stony, persistent and the citrus power swells on the finish. A stony grip that has the distinction of a site rather than pure power. Density and power but still mouth-watering. Drink 2023 - 2035.
                              19/20 points
                              Julia Harding MW - jancisrobinson.com

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                                2018 Keller Morstein Riesling Grosses Gewachs
                                Rheinhessen, GERMANY
                                $799. 00 Bottle
                                $9588.00 Dozen
                                ABV: 13%
                                Closure: Cork

                                Other Reviews....
                                The minerality here is astonishing — the citrus fruit is so pure and so powerful that it prickles the inside of your nose like a pickle or heady spice. Crushed bones, wet stones and flint are dialed up nearly to perfection. Talk about vertical? No. Talk about a skyscraper! It has so much energy it nearly explodes, the acidity rising up to infinity and beyond. Staggering freshness and length. If this doesn’t blow you away, nothing will. Drink now or hold for a very, very long time.
                                100 points
                                JamesSuckling.com (Oct 2019)

                                There is downright severity to the penetration that this delivers on the nose – of crushed citrus seeds, oregano, sea breeze and chalk dust – as well as to the gripping tactile impingement of those elements on the palate. The feel is firm, but even taken together with the aforementioned sense of severity, the wine doesn’t come off as austere, thanks to its mouthwatering salinity and abundant bright juiciness of lime and grapefruit. The vibratory finish is tongue-lashing in intensity, but you don’t have to be some kind of masochist to enjoy drinking this, because it’s refreshing as well as rivetingly fascinating. I’m left with a paradoxical set of impressions: On the one hand of a palate-scouring, on the other hand, of chalk, salt and citrus oil layers having been deposited that it would be hard to scrape from my teeth. What I wrote about this wine’s vintage 2017 predecessor holds true here as well: “[F]or all that [it] approaches hyper-concentration, it nonetheless exhibits an exhilarating sense of animation and lift while compelling the next sip.” To which observation Keller responded, “That’s exactly how it should be.” Drink 2020 - 2036.
                                95 points
                                David Schildknecht - Vinous

                                Like the Hubacker, the fruit is golden, ripe and spicy – yellow plum, ripe grapefruit and Seville orange. But there is also a strong fumy herbal character of Riesling from a top site spontaneously fermented. Savoury/mineral spice counterbalanced by intense lemon fruit, more citrus than the Hubacker on the palate but equally powerful and concentrated. So intense it feels as if it needs a little water to reveal its full aroma, the way some single malts do, but it just needs time (please don’t add water). Extreme wine of such intensity it is almost painful to taste now, though it could also be to do with a build up of acidity during the tasting. Wait.
                                18.5+/20 points
                                Julia Harding MW - JancisRobinson.com

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                                  2018 Keller Hipping Riesling Grosses Gewachs
                                  Rheinhessen, GERMANY
                                  $870. 00 Bottle
                                  $10440.00 Dozen
                                  ABV: 12.5%
                                  Closure: Cork

                                  Other Reviews....
                                  Brilliantly pure nectarines, flint, gunpowder, bitter lemons and a touch of green paprika. The acidity seeps into every corner of your palate, painting a wild array of bright lemons and limes. The savage intensity of citrus fruit is tamed by a tense, phenolic line of density and flavor.
                                  97 points
                                  JamesSuckling.com (Oct 2019)

                                  Once again, this bottling represents the mid-slope vines in Keller’s Hipping, fruit from those above and below having been directed to the corresponding Kabinett and (70% Hipping) Niersteiner cuvée. Musky, bittersweet, iris-like perfume haunts the nose, accompanied by scents of white peach, lemon and orange, as well as smoky and crushed stone notes. The firm, full but by no means heavy palate delivers tang and piquancy of peach close to the core, a pronounced sense of mineral suffusion, zesty citricity and inner-mouth persistence of floral perfume. Bite of mustard seed and pungency of green tea add further invigoration and complexity to a vibrantly sustained finish strikingly strong on stony, smoky and alkaline notes, but unfailing in its duty to refresh. From his prime parcels in Hipping and Pettenthal, Keller is turning out the most memorable Nierstein Rieslings since the many glorious pre-1980 decades of Franz Karl Schmitt’s eponymous estate, from which Keller acquired them. Drink 2020 - 2036.
                                  95 points
                                  David Schildknecht - Vinous

                                  Very pale gold. Both ripe-fruited and lightly smoky/mineral on the nose. Spicy too. Citrus and apricot. Still showing quite strong herbal character on the palate from the combination of site, variety and spontaneous fermentation. But there’s also grapefruit tension and precision on the palate, drawing in after the richness of the aroma. Deep, generous but edgy with freshness and energy. Creamy persistent finish. Wonderful balance between the caress of the texture and the taut citrus freshness of the finest Riesling fruit.
                                  17.5/20 points
                                  Julia Harding MW - JancisRobinson.com

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                                    2018 Keller G-Max Riesling
                                    Rheinhessen, GERMANY
                                    $2099. 00 Bottle
                                    $25188.00 Dozen
                                    Closure: Cork

                                    Other Reviews....
                                    On the nose, a smoky, peaty, and far more overtly mineral impression is conveyed than from the corresponding Abtserde, without the latter’s anticipations of floral perfume. By way of fruit aromas, zesty lime and lemon, piquant huckleberry and prickly, pungent white currant dominate. But on the glossy palate, a succulent influx of ripe peach joins bright citrus and white currant, suffused by peat and crushed stone. Mustard and currant seeds seem to crunch, citrus zests to piquantly glow, and chalky, sooty mineral matter to almost indelibly coat the gums on an electrically invigorating, wake-the-dead finish. Drink 2022 - 2038.
                                    96 points
                                    David Schildknecht - Vinous

                                    Pale gold with green lights. This takes me back to the Kirchspiel in its greater subtlety on the nose compared with the Hubacker and AbtsE. It smells rich and golden, smells of wealth and luxury, but not in a showy way. Bitter orange, ripe pear, spiced lemons, but they are expressed in a way that you have to look for them and give them time. This is silky in the mouth, rich but light on its feet, spicy but pure-fruited. Full of contrasts that create balance. There is still the smoky spice of the Grosse Gewächse but again it is restrained and all tied up with the purity of fruit. I find this better balanced than the 2017, less extreme and therefore offering more pleasure, should you be lucky enough to be able to find and afford a bottle. Wonderful freshness and precision on the finish.
                                    19/20 points
                                    Julia Harding MW - JancisRobinson.com

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                                      2018 Keller AbtsE Riesling Grosses Gewachs
                                      Rheinhessen, GERMANY
                                      $550. 00 Bottle
                                      $6600.00 Dozen
                                      ABV: 13%
                                      Closure: Cork

                                      Other Reviews....
                                      Electrifying minerals take the nose by storm, filling every cavity with limestone, gunflint, iron shavings, stainless steel, iron railings, church spire and billiard table. How much citrus fruit can you fit in your mouth? Drink this and find out! This channels monumental, iron-laced tentacles of flavor to latch onto a kaleidoscope of stoney and rocky flavors. More tension than your head can deal with.
                                      99 points
                                      JamesSuckling.com (Oct 2019)

                                      A high-toned, penetrating aromatic display features mint, thyme, iris, honeysuckle, zesty lime and prominently pit-inflected white peach. Shades of this year’s Hubacker: The palate impression here is almost shocking for its sheer lusciousness of fruit, with drippingly ripe honeydew melon joining the peach and lime. Not that this beauty is wanting for Abtserde-typical inner-mouth floral perfume, or for a mineral dimension; a mouthwatering savor akin to raw scallop incorporates salt, chalk and iodine nuances. It’s just that it boasts a generosity of forward fruit and a torrent of primary juiciness as well. A silken feel adds to the wine’s seductive appeal. Musky floral, salty mineral and lusciously fruity elements play against one another on a vibrant, sensationally sustained finish that tugs at the salivary glands and leaves the taster both invigorated and refreshed. This should for many years stand as a high point of its vintage as well as of the Grosses Gewächs genre. Drink 2020 - 2040.
                                      97 points
                                      David Schildknecht - Vinous

                                      Gorgeously smoky and spiced, lightly reductive nose, marked by those wild herbs and fumes of spontaneous ferment and ripe pear and smoky stone fruit. The overall effect is more savoury than fruity. So much spice. This is both richer at the moment and more acidic than the preceding GGs and I find it seems less well balanced and extremely difficult to assess. Of course it is intense and persistent but the acidity seems more pointed and less well integrated at the moment. I went back to this wine and compared it with the 2017 and could see better where it might be heading, and on second tasting that saltiness had become more obvious, as well as a chalky texture. This really needs time to both come together, gain some breadth on the palate and to open out. Keller explains that of all their vineyards, this one has the highest level of active lime and takes the longest for the components to integrate.
                                      18++/20 points
                                      Julia Harding MW - JancisRobinson.com

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                                        2018 Keller Hubacker Riesling Grosses Gewachs
                                        Rheinhessen, GERMANY
                                        $299. 00 Bottle
                                        $3588.00 Dozen
                                        ABV: 12.5%
                                        Closure: Cork

                                        Other Reviews....
                                        Reminiscent of a lemon drizzle cake ,straight out of the oven, with lemon curd plastered on top in abundance. A very structured and very powerful palate follows with a clear sensation of chewy tannins — yes, on a white! — and outstandingly compressed citrus fruit. Drink now or hold.
                                        98 points
                                        Jamessuckling.com (Oct 2019)

                                        Scents of white peach, greengage, grapefruit and lemon are already strongly marked by their pits and peels. These are accompanied by high-toned evocations of mint and a whiff of chalk dust. Yet the polished palate delivers succulent fruitiness that’s unusual for a Riesling of the Grosses Gewächs genre, even though combined with invigorating zest, piquancy and tartness. Mint returns in the impressively sustained finish for a delightfully cooling influence that, along with sheer juiciness, complements chalkiness and counteracts any tendency of fruit pits and citrus zests toward bitterness. This strikes me as an unusually expressive Hubacker, not to mention an unusually forward, generously fruited (albeit also piquant and chalky) Grosses Gewächs. Drink 2020 - 2030.
                                        92 points
                                        David Schildknecht - Vinous

                                        I really wasn’t ready to move on to this after the Kirchspiel. Slightly deeper gold than the Kirchspiel and so different in fruit profile. Smells richer and riper, the fruits ranging from golden plum through apricot and bitter orange. Spicy too, golden and savoury in character. On the palate, it surprises by the extreme freshness – not what I expected after the breadth and oily ripeness on the nose. Even so the balance is perfect – a miracle to get this fruit character together with this intense freshness. Mouth-watering, super-concentrated, bolder than the Kirchspiel but balanced in its more muscular components.
                                        19+/20 points
                                        Julia Harding MW - JancisRobinson.com

                                        • 95
                                        • 97
                                          2018 Keller Kirchspiel Riesling Grosses Gewachs
                                          Rheinhessen, GERMANY
                                          $299. 00 Bottle
                                          $3588.00 Dozen
                                          ABV: 12.5%
                                          Closure: Cork

                                          Other Reviews....
                                          Beautifully pure, flowery aromas here, ranging from bright jasmine to guava peel and orange blossom. Linear, racy and tight, yet concentrated. Medium-to full-bodied and fascinatingly refined and layered. Drink now or hold.
                                          97 Points
                                          Jamessuckling.com (Oct 2019)

                                          Lime, lavender, chalk dust and sea breeze on the nose anticipate the pungency, zest, stoniness and mouthwatering salinity that prevail on a polished but firm palate. On top of that, there is an ingratiating as well as refreshing abundance of primary juiciness, as well as added complexity by way of pungent green tea. The finish is startlingly bright, focused and penetrating, adding a savory dimension to the aforementioned herbal, saline and chalky elements for a mouthwatering evocation of raw oyster. Drink 2020 - 2036.
                                          95 points
                                          David Schildknecht - Vinous

                                          Where the Pettenthal is complex and incredibly intense on the nose, Kirchspiel is all restrained fragrant beauty. Yes, it does have a touch of smoky spice but it is all finesse. A subtle but irresistible temptress of minerality and stony citrus purity. This is a stunning vintage for Kirchspiel: extreme purity, core intensity of the finest fruit, but all so incredibly subtle and unshowy. Such wonderful freshness you might be deceived into thinking it lighter than the Pettenthal but it’s not, it is just quieter, more poised. Endless and so profound.
                                          20/20 points
                                          Julia Harding MW - JancisRobinson.com

                                          • 95
                                            2017 Keller AbtsE Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel
                                            Rheinhessen, GERMANY
                                            $250. 00 Bottle
                                            $3000.00 Dozen
                                            ABV: 7.5%
                                            Closure: Cork

                                            Other Reviews....
                                            This issued from the upper reaches of the Abtserde – stony and meager in topsoil – and from fruit roughly 25% botrytized. mirabelle, quince and white raisin soar from the rim of the glass. In the mouth, a satiny feel and a hint of oiliness enhance the sense of jellied and dried fruits. But as with the corresponding Spätlese and “regular” Auslese, bright animation and invigorating tactile stimulation emerge, here in the form of sizzling raw ginger and lime peel. There is an almost severe sense of concentration that translates into a gripping, nearly ineradicable finish, accompanied by vibrancy such as runs virtually throughout the vintage 2017 Keller collection, at whatever level of residual sugar. Drink 2019 - 2048.
                                            95 points
                                            David Schildknecht - Vinous

                                            The 2017 Gold Kap Auslese from the Abtserde is equally stunning. The bouquet has a gentle and truly beautiful glaze to it, offering up scents of white cherries, yellow plums, honeycomb, citrus blossoms, violets and a lovely undertow of limestone minerality. On the palate the wine is pure, full, complex and very light on its feet, with a lovely core, great grip and length and a very complex, refined and zesty finish. Gorgeous juice
                                            95 points
                                            John Gilman - A View From The Cellar

                                              2017 Keller Westhofen Riesling Auslese (375ml)
                                              Rheinhessen, GERMANY
                                              $79. 99 Bottle
                                              $959.88 Dozen
                                              ABV: 8.5%
                                              Closure: Cork

                                              Other Reviews....
                                              Cask sample. 2,600 half bottles. Usually 100% Morstein but this year 80% Morstein (grand cru) and 20% Abts E. Many of the grapes looked like currants. Some botrytis.
                                              Sweet exotic fruit. Passion fruit, apricot, bitter orange, all jumping out of the glass. Still a light oily minerality. Wow, totally exotic fruit on the palate, rich, concentrated but no excess weight thanks to the outstanding acidity. High acid gives electricity on the palate, searing freshness but still remarkably in balance.
                                              19/20 points
                                              Julia Harding - jancisrobinson.com

                                                2017 Keller Hubacker Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel
                                                Rheinhessen, GERMANY
                                                $250. 00 Bottle
                                                $3000.00 Dozen
                                                ABV: 7.5%
                                                Closure: Cork

                                                Other Reviews....
                                                Incredibly exotic fruit, orange, apricot, passionfruit. Super-sweet but still balanced. Just essence of sweet Riesling at the moment. Too extreme to drink now. I’ve run out of words to describe intensity.
                                                19/20 points
                                                Julia Harding MW - jancisrobinson.com

                                                Another outstanding example of the vintage, with lovely purity to its fruit component coupled with great acidity and chalky minerality. The nose offers up a complex blend of white peach, a hint of the yellow plum to come, limestone soil tones, citrus blossoms and an estery topnote of bee pollen. On the palate the wine is crisp, full and succulent on the attack, with great refinement and balance, zesty acids and a long, complex and energetic finish that closes with lovely limestone mineral drive. Fine, fine juice.
                                                94+ points
                                                John Gilman - A View From The Cellar

                                                  2017 Keller AbtsE Riesling Auslese
                                                  Rheinhessen, GERMANY
                                                  $210. 00 Bottle
                                                  $2520.00 Dozen
                                                  ABV: 8%
                                                  Closure: Cork

                                                  Other Reviews....
                                                  Pale gold. Again the fruit is really exotic here but there’s also a light mineral smokiness, almost dusty/chalky on the nose. Essence of apricots on the palate and even with the extremes of sweetness and acidity it is already in balance even though it is intense and super-concentrated. Tastes as if it has been reduced down to essence of apricot, eye-watering and almost impossible to taste now. My teeth are screaming already at the build-up of acid through this tasting. Succulent, so rich and so fresh, the flavours ring out like bell on a frosty morning.
                                                  19/20 points
                                                  Julia Harding - jancisrobinson.com

                                                  Klaus-Peter noted that the Abtserde Auslese was made almost entirely from shriveled berries in 2017. This wine is a bit more closed on the nose than the Spatlese, but equally pure and vibrant in its constellation of pear, ripe apple, tangerine, limestone minerality, a touch of honeycomb, orange zest and a floral topnote. On the palate the wine is pure, medium-full, refined and nascently complex, with racy acids, laser-like focus and stellar grip on the very, very long, pure and oh, so promising finish. This will probably start to drink well in five or six years, but its true apogee will be a decade or two down the road. Brilliant young wine! 2024-2075.
                                                  95 points
                                                  John Gilman - A View From The Cellar


                                                    2017 Keller Kirchpiel Riesling Auslese
                                                    Rheinhessen, GERMANY
                                                    $150. 00 Bottle
                                                    $1800.00 Dozen
                                                    ABV: 8%
                                                    Closure: Cork

                                                    Other Reviews....
                                                    Cask sample. Ripe, very pure, super-intense lemon. On the palate, pure, super-concentrated apricot. Sweet but incredibly light on its feet. Very Kirchspiel, with a mineral/stony foundation almost completely overwhelmed by the fruit now. Needs time to become more complex. Mouth-watering apricot finish, with depth and length but no excess weight. Intensely primary. Stay away for 10 years at least. At the moment it seems almost too sweet even though it has the acidity to balance.
                                                    18.5/20 points
                                                    Julia Harding - jancisrobinson.com