Very rich iteration of this always-at-least-very-good-if-not-excellent halbtrocken. Powerful on both nose and palate, this baby delivers the goods: heady nose of aromatic white fruits and honeysuckle gives way to a palate that is alternately lemon creamy and grapefruit lifted, slate mineral and white orchard fruit driven, and insanely long on the finish; this is an amazing wine.
Wow. Compelling wine. Tight and unyielding on day 1, singing five octaves on day 2. Not at all overripe or hot, this is well balanced with ample acidity and a firm tannic structure. Cool red and black fruits, savory herbs and bloody meat, black licorice and granitic mineral. Pure and authentic Syrah from California. Brilliant!