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.
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