1998 Zind Humbrecht "Clos Windsbuhl" Gewurztraminer Alsace

SKU #1014717 92-94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Even riper but reticent aromas of citrus and smoke. Sweet, succulent and smoky in the mouth, with a minerally austerity contributing to the impression of structure. Meaty but not at all rustic. A large-scaled, very rich wine that appears to be closing down today. Very long, strong aftertaste. (ST)  (7/1999)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 1998 Gewurztraminer Clos Windsbuhl offers a nose of red berries, pears, and spices. This medium-to-full-bodied wine's velvety-textured character is crammed with flavors reminiscent of almond cookie dough, sweet red cherries, creamed raspberries, and roses. Highly detailed and precise, it is boisterously expressive yet elegant and graceful. (PR)  (6/2000)

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Gewurztraminer

- Thought to have originated in the city of Tramin in Italy's Alto Adige, Gewürztraminer is actually a pink-skinned incarnation of the Traminer varietal, and also the most widely planted variation. Known for its heady perfume redolent of rose petals and spice and tropical lychee flavor, its fuller body and moderate acidity, it can be made in a variety of styles ranging from completely dry to sweet late harvest wines. The best representations of the grape are grown in Austria and France's Alsace, though it's being made in smaller quantities in Eastern Europe, Italy, the Pacific Northwest, California, New Zealand and Australia.
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France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
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Alsace

- A region and appellation in France that has been a part of both France and Germany throughout history. Geologically isolated from both countries, Alsace has also maintained much of its own culture and wine tradition, while also being influenced by the traditions of both countries. Alsatian wine is easily recognized by it traditional tall bottles. Alsatian wine makers produce a unique style of varietal wine, 90 percent of which is white.