2013 Zind Humbrecht Goldert Muscat Grand Cru Alsace

SKU #1323817 96 points Wine Enthusiast

 The pure, delicate but ever so authentic scent of fragrant Muscat grapes rises from the glass. The palate is a joy: a feather-light, fragrant but intense experience of pure Muscat flavor. There is the textural tinge of lemon freshness and the uncompromising notion of stone on a dry, sprightly and utterly disarming palate of immense purity. What we are left with is a notion of fragrance and stone. (AK)  (4/2016)

94 points James Suckling

 A fabulous dry muscat with dried papaya, mangos and limes. Full-bodied, round and creamy. Extremely long and flavorful. Dense and bright. Tangy. Made from biodynamically grown grapes. Best in the world? Drink now.  (9/2015)

93 points Decanter

 From the grand cru vineyard of Goldert, this high quality Muscat undergoes natural fermentation in Alsatian casks. It has a honey and orange zest nose followed by an intense, complex palate of pink grapefruit, honey, fresh orange juice and lime. It is very juicy, but also focussed, with some salinity on the long, persistent finish. Drinking Window 2017 - 2028 (JB)  (2/2017)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Muscat Goldert Grand Cru is made from healthy picked 90% Muscat d'Alsace and 10% Muscat Ottonel, grown on deep limestone soils. The wine offers a deep, clear and crisp Muscat aroma with some orange flavors. Medium to full-bodied, lean and fresh, but also intense and aromatic on the palate, this is a dry, crisp, almost racy, very mineral, and well structured Muscat with a lingering salinity and aromatic fruitiness. Very expressive and with very good aging potential. Grapefruit aromas in the aftertaste. Drink now and over the next 10 or 12 years. (SR)  (10/2015)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Sleek and mouthwatering, showing impeccable balance to the finely knit flavors of yellow peach, mango and pink grapefruit zest, accented by hints of clover honey and orange blossom. Medium-bodied, with rich minerality singing on the finish. Drink now through 2025. (AN)  (10/2015)

Vinous

 Pale straw-green. Minty aromas of pink grapefruit and lavender are young and reticent. Fresh, lively flavors of pink grapefruit and orange oil start off dainty, then turn more tactile, but this strikes me as less explosive in its aromatic profile than some recent vintages of this wine. Finishes bright, with repeating floral nuances. This is a blend of mainly Muscat d’Alsace with a little Muscat Ottonel. In my experience, Zind Humbrecht’s Muscats age extremely well and develop aromas and flavors over time that make it almost hard to recognize the variety. Zind Humbrecht owns two parcels on the Goldert, one recently replanted (in 2005). A lovely wine, but I wouldn’t touch a bottle for at least another two years. (ID)  (2/2016)

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Other White Wines

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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.