World Class Syrahs Offline (Edina, MN): Medium gold color. Pop and pour, drank small glass over 15 minutes. I didn't get a lot of time to examine this closely as the reds came fairly quickly upon my arrival, but I must say it was oretty captivating. Vibrant on the nose and palate with bright fruits, peach, tropicals, modest fusil and plenty of stony minerals. The palate really has nice acidity and brings forth a sweetness that surpasses its kabinett level. Long finish. Really drinking nicely.
Spatlese like. Vibrant nose of peach, smoke, slate, candied fruit and melon. A thick wine in the mouth with impressive fruits and spice notes. Medium finish and great acidity. A super star wine to say the least. For under $20 maybe my wine of the year.
Popped and poured. Diesel bomb on the nose. On the palate, peach-driven, quite sweet for a Kabinett, but with decent acid, especially well-chilled. Concentrated flavor. This is still a baby, it could probably sail on for at least another decade. Bargain on clearance for $20.
Quite a bit of residual sugar for a Kabinett, but by no means unbalanced or cloying -- it's got acid to spare, along with alluring peach and pineapple notes and a hint of metal. A true measure of its goodness is how quickly we emptied the bottle. The finish lingers nicely, too. Hard to do much better in this price range.
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