2018 Weingut Keller, Riesling Trocken, Limestone, Rheinhessen, Germany.
Keller’s chalky and mineral driven “Limestone” Riesling is crisply detailed and electric on the dry and light weight palate, it perfectly captures the terroir and is an exceptional value from one of Germany’s most acclaimed winemakers with brisk citrus and stone fruit leading the way, along with wet rock, verbena, quince and very subtle florals. This wine performed brilliant on an evening recently, drinking beyond expectations, perfect as an aperitif and it was fabulous with a wide range of foods from the starter course to main dishes that included a steak! Bright and zippy with tangy apricot, kumquat and green apple fruits this Keller Limestone charmed throughout the evening and was beautifully cleansing and delicious.
I have become a huge fan of Keller over the years and while it is hard to find his cru offerings, his basic bottlings are more available, with this one being a notable favorite of mine. As noted before, Klaus Peter Keller and Philippe Wittmann have inspired an entire generation of young winemakers and have helped lead a Renaissance in the Rheinhessen, a region that includes some historic and spectacular vineyards and wines. This includes awesome Grand Cru sites, like Kirchspiel, Hubacker, Morstein and Abtserde, as well as the workman like vineyards, such as of Hipping, where these two superstars have made some of Germany’s most sought after wines. It should also be noted that Keller’s G-Max Grosses Gewachs bottling is one of the world’s most expensive and coveted white wines! Keller makes a full collection of wines, not just Riesling with some tasty Scheurebes, Rieslaners and Sylvaners as well, these are wines I highly recommend chasing down, especially this one!
($35 Est.) 93 Points, grapelive