2008 Gewurztraminer Clos Windsbuhl, Domaine Zind Humbrecht

2008 Gewurztraminer Clos Windsbuhl, Domaine Zind Humbrecht

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2008 Gewurztraminer Clos Windsbuhl, Domaine Zind Humbrecht

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The Zind-Humbrecht 2008 Gewurztraminer Clos Windsbuhl smells of decadent rose, orange blossom, thyme, and cooked celery root, setting the scene for a caressing, glycerin-rich, liquidly floral and (at 12.8% alcohol) relatively buoyant palate impression. A savory suffusion of mineral salts serves for mouth-watering enticement to the next sip as well as together with admirable acidity a sense of primary juiciness and genuine refreshment to this wines lingering finish. This should make for persistent fascination and elegance over the next couple of decades.
David Schildknecht - 02/05/2011

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Domaine Zind Humbrecht

Domaine Zind Humbrecht

The wines of Olivier Humbrecht M.W. need little introduction, possessing great depth, exactitude as well as generosity…like the man himself.

The Humbrecht family viticultural roots can be traced back to The Thirty Years War of 1620. Today they own forty hectares across five villages in the Haut-Rhin, the southern half of the picturesque vineyards overlapping the Vosges foothills, treasured for its idyllic climate, tapestry of terroirs as much for its half-timbered houses.

The domaine has vines in 4 Grands Crus - Rangen (Thann) 5.5 ha, Brand (Turckheim) 2.4 ha, Hengst (Wintzenheim) 1.4 ha, Goldert (Gueberschwihr) 0.9 ha as well as Single Vineyards; Rotenberg (Wintzenheim) 1.8 ha, Clos Häuserer (Wintzenheim) 1.2 ha,  Herrenweg (Turkheim) 11.5 ha, Clos Jebsal (Turkheim) 1.3 ha,  Heimbourg (Turkheim) 4 ha and Clos Windsbuhl (Hunawihr) 5.2 ha.

Olivier has arguably overseen the most notable improvements in the estate’s illustrious history: a new cellar in 1992 while retaining the traditional ‘foudre’ oval barrels; initiating biodynamic practices in 1997 (certified in 2002); and the buying of a horse in 2006 to plough the vineyards!

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Gewürztraminer

Gewürztraminer

Gewürztraminer is a high quality white grape which produces classic varietal wines in the Alsace region of France.

It is the second most widely planted grape in Alsace and the most widely planted in the Haut-Rhin where it is particularly well suited to the clay-rich soils found in the Vosges foothills. It is normally fermented dry and produces golden, medium to full-bodied wine with heady aromas of lychees, rose petals and white peaches.

It attains naturally high sugar levels far in excess of Riesling and this makes it ideal for sweet, late harvest wines. These can be unctuously sweet and luscious and the best can last for decades. Rieffel, Hugel and Zind Humbrecht consistently produce the finest Gewürztraminer wines in Alsace.

It is also planted in Germany (specifically in the Rheinpfalz and Baden regions), Austria, the Alto Adige in Italy and to a lesser extent in Australia, New Zealand and California. Gerwürz means spice in German, although this pink-skinned grape tends to produce exotically perfumed rather than spice laden wines.

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Reviews

Customer reviews

Wine Advocate92/100
Wine Spectator 91/100

Critic reviews

Wine Advocate92/100
The Zind-Humbrecht 2008 Gewurztraminer Clos Windsbuhl smells of decadent rose, orange blossom, thyme, and cooked celery root, setting the scene for a caressing, glycerin-rich, liquidly floral and (at 12.8% alcohol) relatively buoyant palate impression. A savory suffusion of mineral salts serves for mouth-watering enticement to the next sip as well as together with admirable acidity a sense of primary juiciness and genuine refreshment to this wines lingering finish. This should make for persistent fascination and elegance over the next couple of decades.
David Schildknecht - 02/05/2011 Read more
Wine Spectator 91/100
Hints of licorice and jasmine add depth to the candied grapefruit peel, mandarin orange and juicy Gala apple flavors in this honeyed Gewürztraminer, while spice and tangy acidity create an overall elegant impression, with a smoky finish.
(The Wine Spectator, November 2010) Read more