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Zind-Humbrecht Pinot Gris Alsace Aoc Heimbourg 2009

Winemaker's Notes:

"A bright Pinot Gris, dry and tangy, with hints of green melon, apricot, star fruit, smoky mineral and fresh-cut flowers. There's good intensity, but it's wrapped in a well-integrated, silky package. The long finish shows lots of zesty spice and mineral...92" WS 10/11 "Harmoniously off-dry – at 20 grams residual sugar (at 13.5% alcohol) – Zind-Humbrecht’s 2009 Pinot Gris Heimbourg exhibits already a deep rose gold color although the fruit was not at all botrytized, simply very ripe, and the crop abnormally light for this vintage. Quince, caramel-tinged yellow plum, and toasted almond inform a sumptuously, seamlessly rich palate with hints of chalk and stone lending counterpoint, persisting in a generously juicy finish. This is the ultimate in vintage caress and self-indulgence, an irresistible Pinot Gris that will probably gain complexity over the coming decade or more, but at least some bottles of which should nevertheless be enjoyed already over the next several years...91" WA 05/11

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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

"A bright Pinot Gris, dry and tangy, with hints of green melon, apricot, star fruit, smoky mineral and fresh-cut flowers. There's good intensity, but it's wrapped in a well-integrated, silky package. The long finish shows lots of zesty spice and mineral...92" WS 10/11 "Harmoniously off-dry – at 20 grams residual sugar (at 13.5% alcohol) – Zind-Humbrecht’s 2009 Pinot Gris Heimbourg exhibits already a deep rose gold color although the fruit was not at all botrytized, simply very ripe, and the crop abnormally light for this vintage. Quince, caramel-tinged yellow plum, and toasted almond inform a sumptuously, seamlessly rich palate with hints of chalk and stone lending counterpoint, persisting in a generously juicy finish. This is the ultimate in vintage caress and self-indulgence, an irresistible Pinot Gris that will probably gain complexity over the coming decade or more, but at least some bottles of which should nevertheless be enjoyed already over the next several years...91" WA 05/11

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