Keller 2007 Hubacker Riesling Großes Gewächs and two fine Nebbiolo from Elio Grasso and La Spinetta were tasted this time.
Klaus Keller wines are expensive. The older they are, the more expensive they get. The reason is that they get better and better with age. The Klaus Keller 2007 Hubacker Riesling Großes Gewächs is a medium-rich, cool-climate Riesling with herbs and a little bit of butter, medium- to full-body, mineral, balance, structure and tannin. It is phenolic and seems to be young. It needs aeration to open up. It will hold decades and is still not on its peak. 18/20 points.
We were afraid that this bottle would be too old. But we were taught otherwise. The La Spinetta 1997 Barbaresco Starderi is a modern Nebbiolo with a lot of Barrique notes, liquorice, violets and dried rose blossoms. It is full-bodied and relatively balanced with a lot of tannin. 18.5/20 points.
The Elio Grasso 2013 Barolo Gavarini Chiniera is a traditional Barolo with herbs but also a bit lactic with lots of tannin and also slightly green notes. Perhaps it needs some time to develop. At present it is disappointing. Now 17/20 points.