2013 Zind Humbrecht "Hengst" Gewürztraminer Grand Cru

SKU #1233377 96 points James Suckling

 A very dense and gorgeous wine with stone, limestone, chalk and dried apple character. Full body, off dry. Amazing finish. It goes on for minutes. What great transparency and clarity. Drink or hold.  (9/2015)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Well, the 2013 Gewurztraminer Hengst is no wine for easy drinking. It is the only Grand Cru that bids defiance to the Rangen de Thann. Coming from vines plated soon after WWII and 1957, the nose is seriously deep, salty-mineral and fresh, and displays clear aromas of white stone fruits, orange and lemon zests. Round, elegant and clear on the palate, this is a full-bodied, very elegant and tightly woven wine of great complexity, finishing with a dense, compact and mineral taste. The aftertaste of this powerful wine is tremendous and so is the potential. Sweeter than the Rangen but very promising too. 94+ points. (SR)  (10/2015)

94 points Vinous

 Bright yellow. Lemon drop, mango, orange peel, roasted papaya and cinnamon on the nose. Dense and sappy on the palate, with slightly sweet papaya, grapefruit, ginger and dusty mineral flavors enlivened by saline acidity. Finishes long, fresh and savory, with mouthwatering acidity. With its delightful clarity and cut, this big, rich, dense wines is the prototypical powerful yet elegant Gewürztraminer from the Hengst. It has 45 g/l residual sugar and 5 g/l total acidity. Zind-Humbrecht’s vines are very old, planted in 1947 and 1952, and that explains some of the magic of this wine. (ID)  (2/2016)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

 The aromatics take time to come to the fore but they are definitely there: notes of lifted Poire William and ripe, golden-cheeked apricots are hinted at. The medium-sweet palate brings them out in full force, glowing with a ripe opulence tempered by freshness and a slight phenolic grip. There is a luminous quality to this wine, shining its way ahead into the future, guided by a seam of freshness and focus on the midpalate, echoing with bitter almond and more fruit. Drink 2016-2026. (AK)  (4/2016)

93 points Wine Spectator

 A creamy, harmonious white, with firm acidity and a smoky underpinning wrapped in a juicy, honeyed mix of guava, melon ball, orange sorbet, candied ginger and pink grapefruit zest. Dense and well-knit. Drink now through 2030. (AN)  (10/2015)

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