2011 Zind Humbrecht Pinot Blanc

SKU #1133375 89 points Wine Enthusiast

 This is rich and concentrated, spice as well as pear and melon flavors. It is complex, with almond and nutmeg notes, balanced by the taut acidity that completes a full, ripe wine.  (12/ 2012)

Jancis Robinson

 This gives a good example of that elusive thing, 'minerality'. Generous, ripe stone fruit. Who said Pinot Blanc was neutral!  (5/ 2013)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright, pale straw. Beeswax and white flowers on the nose. Nicely concentrated and balanced on the palate, with notes of honey, butter and spices complicating the ripe stone fruits. Finishes clean and persistent. You can tell there's quite a bit of Auxerrois here due to the wine's spicy, rich character. The grapes are a 50/50 blend of Rotenberg and Herrenweg fruit; most of the Pinot Blanc comes from the Herrenweg, which ripens a bit quicker, while Rotenberg provides the Auxerrois.  (12/ 2012)

Wine Spectator

 Well-cut acidity and a zesty thread of spice accent hints of peach, stone and lemon zest in this well-balanced, refreshing sipper, which ends with a lingering, spicy finish. Drink now.  (10/ 2012)

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By: Olivia Ragni |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/12/2014  | Send Email
The aromatics of this Pinot Blanc blew me away, never have I had a Pinot Blanc with so much intensity. The nose is extremely complex, full of honeysuckle, snowbell flowers, honeycomb, apricot, pears, and I can go on and on and on....The palate starts out similar to the nose with honey and pear until all of a sudden you're smacked with high acid, slate, wet stone, and steely minerality. The finish is long, dry, and satisfying. An exceptional Alsatian white that is sure to become a staple in my home.

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Varietal:

Pinot Blanc

- Also known as Pinot Bianco in Italy and Weissburgunder in Germany and Austria, Pinot Blanc is thought to be a mutation of Pinot Gris (which is said to be a lighter mutation of Pinot Noir). While the varietal's roots are Burgundian (it was frequently confused with Chardonnay throughout history) it is rare there these days, instead finding its best iterations in France's Alsace, Germany's Pfalz and Baden, Austria's Wachau and in Italy's Trentino-Alto Adige, Veneto, Friuli and Lombardy winegrowing regions. It produces full-bodied whites with relatively high acidity, yeasty citrus and appley aromas and flavors and hints of spice. Aged Pinot Blancs take on lovely honeyed tones.
Country:

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.