2013 Zind Humbrecht Gewürztraminer Alsace

SKU #1207515 90 points Vinous

 Bright golden yellow. Intense aromas and flavors of ripe tropical fruits and sweet spices. More explosive than the 2012, with even better lift and precision. Finishes clean and long, with serious peppery bite. 'I sell ten times as much abroad as I do in France,' Olivier Humbrecht told me, a consequence of the fact that this is a classically dry wine (in France, they like their Gewürztraminers on the sweet side). Made with grapes from the early-ripening Herrenweg site, which Humbrecht picked in the last days of August and beginning of September. (ID)  (4/2015)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Dry and tangy, this linear, light- to medium-bodied white offers a well-knit and accessible mix of mandarin orange, pink grapefruit, stone, basil and fresh ginger flavors. Mouthwatering finish. Drink now through 2023. (AN)  (10/2015)

Wine & Spirits

 With its sweet peach and candied lime flavors, this is a simple, fruity Gewurz that keeps its florals in check. Its soft finish makes it a wine to serve chilled, on its own, by the pool.  (12/2015)

Wine Enthusiast

 This surprisingly dry wine has more to do with spice than richness. That gives it a food friendly character full of ripe fruit, a spicy, peppery edge and baked apple flavors. Acidity cuts through providing balance. (RV)  (4/2015)

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Gewurztraminer

- 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.
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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.
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