2006 Zind Humbrecht Gewurztraminer

SKU #1036738

Since 1620, the Humbrecht vineyards in Alsace have been passed down through successive generations of the family. Originally they worked their plots by horse, made wine, then sold it in cask, but in 1947 new technology and a decrease in bulk wine prices inspired Emile Humbrecht to begin bottling his own production. In 1959, when Leonard Humbrecht married Genevieve Zind, Domaine Zind-Humbrecht was born. Because many growers had abandoned Alsace's hillside vineyards for flatter sites during the 1960's and '70's, land prices dropped. Wisely, Leonard Humbrecht began to buy these hillside sites, and by 1983 the domaine had grown to 60 acres. Today Domaine Zind-Humbrecht consists of 100 acres, overseen by Leonard's son Oliver. This Gewurtztraminer is powerful and broad, offering the wide spectrum of unique and full-throttle flavors one typical expects from this maverick grape. Dry, but not austerely so, this is just the wine to have with cheeses when you want something special for dinner but you can't be bothered to cook!

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- Thought to have originated in the city of Tramin in Italy's Alto Adige, Gew├╝rztraminer 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.


- 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.


- 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.