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Zind-Humbrecht Gewürztraminer Alsace Aoc Vendange Tardive Clos Windsbuhl 2005

Winemaker's Notes:

"Wonderfully pure, fine aromas of spices and honey. Powerfully sweet, primary and spicy, with superconcentrated flavors framed by harmonious ripe acidity. Large-scaled and powerful, with slowly mounting back-end flavors that completely saturate the palate. As tactile as this is, there's no phenolic harshness. This is lower in alcohol but much higher in residual sugar than the other 2005 gewurztraminer VTs, noted Humbrecht, who described these grape skins as perfect. "My philosophy in making this wine is like cooking a lobster. I don't throw anything out. It's necessary to press gently and slowly to extract all the best elements of the skins." I should point out that by this point in my marathon tasting, my handwriting was becoming illegible, and I still had the SGNs to go!...95" IWC 07/07

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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

"Wonderfully pure, fine aromas of spices and honey. Powerfully sweet, primary and spicy, with superconcentrated flavors framed by harmonious ripe acidity. Large-scaled and powerful, with slowly mounting back-end flavors that completely saturate the palate. As tactile as this is, there's no phenolic harshness. This is lower in alcohol but much higher in residual sugar than the other 2005 gewurztraminer VTs, noted Humbrecht, who described these grape skins as perfect. "My philosophy in making this wine is like cooking a lobster. I don't throw anything out. It's necessary to press gently and slowly to extract all the best elements of the skins." I should point out that by this point in my marathon tasting, my handwriting was becoming illegible, and I still had the SGNs to go!...95" IWC 07/07

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