2011 Zind Humbrecht Clos Windsbuhl Riesling Alsace

SKU #1153008 93 points Wine Spectator

 A well-knit, fresh and accessible white, offering a sense of finesse and restraint to the finely layered flavors of fresh-cut apple, melon, ground ginger and white pepper, with hints of citrus zest, almond and fleur de sel and a long, smoky finish. Drink now through 2025.  (10/2013)

K&L Notes

Praise from Robert Parker: "I don't know what is more mind-boggling, the quality of Domaine Zind Humbrecht's wines or Olivier Humbrecht's complete dedication to quality. This tall, powerful, and intellectual man may well be the finest winemaker in the world." From the winery: "The Windsbuhl was the last vineyard to complete flowering in 2011, so it is no surprise that it was the last Riesling harvested on the estate. A late bud break or flowering is the result of a cooler local climate (Windsbuhl is closed to the forest and higher in altitude), and an even later harvest is the result of a cooler soil (limestone). It is always quite intriguing to see, almost every vintage, how the Riesling remains healthy and the other grapes (Pinot-Gris and Gewurztraminer) catch the noble rot. This allows for a perfect ripeness, but still within reach of making dry wines. Winemaker notes: extremely delicate mineral nose. Light touch of toasty/burnt lees, but then it opens up on vibrant citrus and white fruits. The palate has a smooth mineral delicate structure, but quickly firms up around the acidity. Great structure! Saline finish with beautiful ripe integrated acidity. Truthful to the Windsbuhl, this Riesling should be kept a long time! (02/2013)"

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