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Gewurztraminer Calcaire Zind-Humbrecht 2014

Winemaker's Notes:

92 points, Stephan Reinhardt, Robert Parker's The Wine Advote: " Due to drosophila suzukii that badly affected all the blue-skinned grapes and caused severe selections, the 2014 Gewurztraminer Roche Calcaire is the only Gewurz produced that year at Zind-Humbrecht. ”We probably lost as much as 50% of the crop in some places, but also feared that the resulting wines would not be at the level one can expect from a Grand Cru vineyard. So, all our Windsbuhl, Hengst and Goldert vineyards were declassified into this cuvee,” says Olivier Humbrecht. The resulting wine has a deep, pure, fresh and spicy nose with classic floral and fruity Gewurz and orange/mandarin aromas. Full-bodied, round and very elegant, this is a mouthful of vivacious, vibrant, well-structured yet also refined Gewurz; the salinity and purity is really stimulating and lifting the medium-dry 17.9 grams of residual sugar. The long and fresh finish reveals the firm, but fine tannin structure and really good concentration of this excellent Gewurztraminer from a very difficult vintage. Yield is 27 hectoliters per hectare. Bottled in August 2015 with 14% alcohol. Enjoy with smoked meat, fish, cheese or spicy food over the next 10+ years." 2/17. 92 Points, James Suckling: "A very intense gewurz displaying orange peel, almonds and spices. Full-bodied, off-dry and dense with spices and dried nuts. Some cloves, too. The top single vineyards of gewurz were blended into this because of the difficulty of the vintage. Drink now." 12/16. 90 Points, Ian d'Agata, Vinous: "Luminous yellow. Very refined aromas of lemon jelly, sage, mint, lime and rose water. Then clean and fresh, offering smoky, sweet key lime, pepper and cinnamon notes. Lovely wine in a difficult year for the variety. Tastes relatively sweet (17 g/L residual sugar) so may not be ideal for those looking for a bone-dry wine. Made from young vines of Hengst, Goldert and the Windsbuhl crus." 12/17.

Domaine Zind-humbrecht:
The annual cycle of work, parallel with cycle of nature, consists of a number of interventions, comprising biological treatments against the diseases and others aiming at improving the quality. mong the latter, the pruning is particularly decisive. Too severe, it prevents the harmonious development of the vine, insufficient, the vine will overproduce unripen grapes. A this moment, the presen... Read more
The annual cycle of work, parallel with cycle of nature, consists of a number of interventions, comprising biological treatments against the diseases and others aiming at improving the quality. mong the latter, the pruning is particularly decisive. Too severe, it prevents the harmonious development of the vine, insufficient, the vine will overproduce unripen grapes. A this moment, the presence of Paul’s grandson Pierre-Paul Humbrecht, is of utmost importance to the vineyard, to prune correctly and at the right time. Given unfavourable climatic conditions, the harvest may suffer but when the seasons flow normally the right pruning will be rewarded by a juice of very high quality. hen the vine has had its budburst, the disbudding (selection of branches) and desuckering (supression of the growths resulting from sucker from the trunk), are made manually to avoid any harmful effect to the vine. During the bloom, trimming consists in shortening the end of the branches leaving just the right quantity of good quality leafs that the young vine needs. During ripening, the stripping to improve the exposure of the grapes to the sun and thinning out the grapes in excess must be done with precision in order to obtain a harvest of great quality. orking the ground consists of several heavy duty work. Hilling up the vine, ploughing down and plowing between the rows of vine are accomplished each year. Naturally, Pierre-Paul Humbrecht is using the latest agricultural technologies to ease the task while remaining in harmony with nature, thus our advance towards biological agriculture or rather the search of our origins towards the Earth... Read less

92 points, Stephan Reinhardt, Robert Parker's The Wine Advote: " Due to drosophila suzukii that badly affected all the blue-skinned grapes and caused severe selections, the 2014 Gewurztraminer Roche Calcaire is the only Gewurz produced that year at Zind-Humbrecht. ”We probably lost as much as 50% of the crop in some places, but also feared that the resulting wines would not be at the level one can expect from a Grand Cru vineyard. So, all our Windsbuhl, Hengst and Goldert vineyards were declassified into this cuvee,” says Olivier Humbrecht. The resulting wine has a deep, pure, fresh and spicy nose with classic floral and fruity Gewurz and orange/mandarin aromas. Full-bodied, round and very elegant, this is a mouthful of vivacious, vibrant, well-structured yet also refined Gewurz; the salinity and purity is really stimulating and lifting the medium-dry 17.9 grams of residual sugar. The long and fresh finish reveals the firm, but fine tannin structure and really good concentration of this excellent Gewurztraminer from a very difficult vintage. Yield is 27 hectoliters per hectare. Bottled in August 2015 with 14% alcohol. Enjoy with smoked meat, fish, cheese or spicy food over the next 10+ years." 2/17. 92 Points, James Suckling: "A very intense gewurz displaying orange peel, almonds and spices. Full-bodied, off-dry and dense with spices and dried nuts. Some cloves, too. The top single vineyards of gewurz were blended into this because of the difficulty of the vintage. Drink now." 12/16. 90 Points, Ian d'Agata, Vinous: "Luminous yellow. Very refined aromas of lemon jelly, sage, mint, lime and rose water. Then clean and fresh, offering smoky, sweet key lime, pepper and cinnamon notes. Lovely wine in a difficult year for the variety. Tastes relatively sweet (17 g/L residual sugar) so may not be ideal for those looking for a bone-dry wine. Made from young vines of Hengst, Goldert and the Windsbuhl crus." 12/17.

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