Big changes afoot as son Alexander Gysler takes control. The new wines are slimmed down, streamlined and modernized, jazzy and full of crispy, primary fruit. Prices, though, remain un-real for the time being! Eye-opening 1998s and remarkable 1999s augured wonderful things to come. 2000 was a challenge, occasionally risen to! 2001 kicks ass! In transition from the juicy forthright style of before to the streamlined clarity of the steely now. Alexander will do good things.
CORE-LIST WINE. Now 100% estate-bottled (Demeter!), and this is a crisp, fine and charming vintage of this perennial value, showing a curious length. Among the best vintages of a wine I’ve known for nearly thirty years(!) ~Terry Theise
It means “whispering fields,” and I just know you’re going to call for it starting in about 2023, when you figure out how it’s pronounced. It does have a Mel Brooksian ring to it. The wine was 78º Oechsle and has 8% Silvaner to lower the acidity without intervening technologically to do so. It’s more wholesome and less spiky than it has been, even from riper years. ~Terry Teise