2006 Zind Humbrecht "Rangen de Thann - Clos St. Urbain" Gewurztraminer Vendage Tardive

SKU #1208069 93 points Wine Spectator

 Big and bold, with a deep caramel hue and acidity that cuts like a whip, making this VT seem more like a dry wine than a late-harvest. The layers of flavor include orange and grapefruit peel, dried apricot, raisin, clove and myrrh. Long finish. Drink now through 2036. 130 cases made. (AN)  (11/2008)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The deep, reddish-copper 2006 Gewurztraminer Rangen Clos Saint-Urban Vendange Tardive - rendered from thoroughly desiccated berries - ascended to 16.1% alcohol, yet is still sweet. Dried fruits, mushrooms, espresso, peat, wood smoke, and leather in a nose high in volatile esters lead to a voluminous, warm palate full of torrified and vaguely old-wine flavors. There’s undeniable complexity here as well as striking persistence, but there’s no way you can call it well-balanced. I think fascination would quickly give way to fatigue while sipping it; and what would you drink it with, I wonder? There might well be a sort of chemical stability here, but I am not going to hazard a prognostication in that regard either. (DS)  (4/2010)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Deep yellow color. Tangy tropical fruits, honey, ginger and resin on the nose, along with the vineyard's characteristic smoke and flint qualities (reminded me of Mosel-like schist). Quite sweet and concentrated, with a tactile saline quality as well as fairly strong acidity from noble rot. Perhaps a tad bitter-edged, and less pristine than the 2006. "From 60% blue grapes that were fragile but not shriveled," according to Humbrecht, who originally declared this wine as VT only to watch it ferment to a high level of alcohol. This idiosyncratic wine should age slowly, in spite of its somewhat deep color. (14% alcohol, 32 g/l r.s.) (ST)  (11/2008)

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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

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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14