Zind-Humbrecht Pinot Gris Alsace Aoc 2009
This was probably the quickest wine to finish fermenting in 2009, and right from that time, it is showing the exact same characteristics: elegant soft aromatics, nutty, light creamy toasty character with some light minerals. The palate is elegant and very well defined. Despite a very decent ripeness, it seems lighter than 14% and the fact that it is very dry makes it actually very interesting. Still quite closed, I expect this wine to open up in the next months. It will be very easy to use with chicken, poultry, light meaty dishes or sea food.
Four and a half glasses
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Tasting Notes - The colour shows the extra ripeness: beautiful gold. The nose is powerful and intense, with lots of nutty flavours, cocoa (slight noble rot) and ripe white fruits (peach, pears). The palate feels much drier than the nose or the analysis would suggest. It is big and bold, but with very firm acidity. The wine eventually develops interesting stony flavours. This is a very complex varietal wine! It will go perfectly with most poultry dishes, veal, and of course many Asian style dishes.
Zind-Humbrecht’s generic 2009 Pinot Gris this year incorporates all of their fruit from the Herrenweg plus bits and pieces from other sites. In contrast to other recent installments, it finished entirely dry, having in the process accumulated 14% alcohol. Scents of smoked meat and meat pate mingled with fresh mirabelle migrate to a creamy-textured yet — for its grape and vintage — surprisingly brightly juicy palate. This finishes with a faint hint of heat that won’t matter when it is appropriately paired at table over the next couple of years.
There's a nice salty minerality to this white, with crackling acidity supporting the white peach, quince and kumquat flavors. This has fine intensity and length, with a vibrancy that enlivens the wine and a long, smoke-tinged finish. Drink now through 2020.
A finely balanced, elegant white, with subtle flavors of white peach and yellow apple that show hints of star fruit, candied lemon zest and fresh earth. There's a vibrancy to this wine that extends through to the white pepper-accented finish. Drink now through 2020.
Red grapefruit and dried apricot flavors are accented by tangy acidity and lots of spice in this dry white. A honeyed note leads to a hint of beeswax that lingers on the finish. Drink now through 2013.
Deep yellow. Ripe peach, apricot, honey and spices on the nose, with a fresh herbal element emerging with aeration. Suave and silky, showing a tactile texture and good concentration. Ripe acids keep this rather sweet pinot gris from cloying. A bit abrupt on the back, but offers good complexity and satisfying fruit. This includes young vines from Clos Windsbuhl, a bit of Rangen and a considerable percentage of Heimbourg fruit.
Medium orange-gold. Exotic honeyed fruit salad, overripe pear and a hint of cashew on the nose. Thick, dense and tactile, with flavors similar to the aromas. Solid acidity and a dusty impression of extract give this rich and fairly sweet wine a chewy quality. The highest in alcohol of Olivier Humbrecht's 2008s by a wide margin, yet it manages to remain just this side of overbearing. Still, this really needs to be paired with spicy Asian cuisine.
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Dietary Information: Organic
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