2005 Zind Humbrecht Rangen de Thann Clos-Saint-Urbain Riesling Grand Cru
Dry and intense. There's an impression of higher acidity to this, marshaling the pure grapefruit, peach, spice and mineral notes to a long conclusion, with a dry, mineral salt aftertaste. Best from 2008 through 2020.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2005 Riesling Rangen Clos Saint Urban – as seems in recent years to be the grapes’ wont in this site – fermented completely dry, yet there is but a modest 13.3% alcohol. Peach, wood smoke and intriguingly musky, meaty notes on the nose are followed by a dry but juicy rather than austere palate, with faintly bitter citrus rind, wood smoke, salt, and iodine character leading to decidedly pungent, penetrating, clear, slightly tart, and invigorating finish. This is an athletically spare Riesling with a striking balance, best not revisited for several years and likely to justify more than a decade in bottle. (DS)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Medium gold-tinged yellow. Bright, almost steely aromas of lemon, lime, minerals, thyme and ginger. Bright, fresh and very dry (less than three g/l residual sugar), with floral, lemon and quince flavors carrying nicely through the bright, stony finish. I liked this wine's impeccable balance, but I found it a touch less concentrated than the other Rangen vintages in this tasting.