The name says it all, and XXL represents the top of the quality pyramid at the winery. It means Pinot Noir harvested from the oldest vines on the best exposed parcels, and it meant the highest alcohol content. It’s not like that anymore. Now the vines on several parcels are reaching an age when the grapes are beginning to reflect their terroir even more. XXL seems to have come out strengthened by this transformation. Stainless steel fermented and matured for 14 months in 228 liter pièce (Burgundy casks) which are a mix of new and used. The wine has simply been given a cooler and more accurate fruit profile than the XXL wines from 2007 and 2009, which went with their “Decanter World Wine Award Trophy” as the best German red wines in their respective vintages. Quite dark for a Pinot Noir and with lots of black cherries and blackberries almost drowning in fine sweet and sophisticated spices. Fine fruit acid contributes with fine-grained tannins, with a freshness and a length that lifts the wine into the German super league. Full and extra rich, but not overbearing, just playful and after a while in the glass it impresses and entertains even more. Serve the wine in large Burgundy glasses.