1998 Zind Humbrecht Gewurztraminer Hengst

SKU #1108753 93-96 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Pungent, extravagantly rich, soil-inflected aromas of smoked meat and lichee. Splendidly layered in the mouth; powerful, medium-sweet and framed by strong acids. Coats the mouth with mineral dust. The longest yet of these '98 gewürztraminers. Very impressive.  (8/1999)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The magnificent, rose and lychee-scented 1998 Gewurztraminer Hengst is full-bodied and oily-textured. Thick, yet fresh, detailed, and polished, it is packed with lychee nuts. The wine's high level of alcohol (15.9%) slightly shows through the dense fruit, but its extroverted, focused, and fruit-dominated personality more than makes up for it. Projected maturity: 2002-2012.  (6/2000)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Beautiful expression of the varietal. Full, rich and opulent, boasting honey, apricot, litchi and grapefruit notes married to a sumptuous framework that also provides structure. It ends on a lingering aftertaste of honey and hazelnuts.  (10/2000)

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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.