2009 Zind Humbrecht "Clos Jebsal" Pinot Gris Sélection de Grains Nobles Trie Spéciale

SKU #1355038 98 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright yellow-gold with amber highlights. Deep, brooding nose combines aromas of exotic orange oil, pineapple and smoky bacon with hints of shoe polish and truffle. Then opulent and silky but almost magically fresh on the palate, with bracing acidity underscoring the purity of the apricot, tangerine, pear juice, peach jam, saffron and nutmeg flavors. This SGN seemed to grow even richer after a minute or two in the glass, with its explosive essence-of-fruit flavors complicated by marmaladey botrytis tones. Offers amazing balance for such a thick sweet wine (it's carrying a mind-boggling 380 g/l r.s.), along with great fruit intensity on the vibrant, extremely long and utterly mouthcoating finish. Unbelievable wine. (ID) 98+  (11/2012)

96 points Wine Spectator

 This offers a heady nose, akin to a rose garden after the rain, and melts on your tongue with the texture of spun honey. Finely balanced, with a rich and smoky flavor profile offering notes of baked peach, pecan pie, beeswax, lemon meringue and candied ginger. (AN)  (11/2014)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Zind-Humbrecht’s sole V.T. bottling of the vintage, a 2009 Pinot Gris Clos Jebsal Vendange Tardive, has an S.G.N. sibling that Humbrecht suspects won’t even finish fermenting before the 2011 harvest. Quince and Rainier cherry preserves; rose petal; and heady gardenia perfume on the nose all reprise on a silken palate laced with a remarkable measure of sheer juiciness that helps the finish to linger lusciously and come off as much less confectionary than that of the corresponding “regular” bottling. What’s more, a mouthwateringly savory, saline sense of lobster shell reduction adds irresistible allure and perfectly complements the wine’s confitured and liquidly floral elements. At 12.5% alcohol and 98 grams of residual sugar, this is predictably buoyant yet not at all superficially sweet. Look for at least a quarter century of self-indulgence from bottles of this amazing elixir. (DS)  (5/2011)

95 points Wine Enthusiast

 Initially, the acidity shoots through this wine. Then it reveals equally intense honey and spice flavors. The wine is complex, with yellow fruits laced with nutmeg and finished with a tender, crisp aftertaste. It is never too sweet, a beautifully balanced wine in which all the elements play their part.  (12/2011)

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Varietal:

Pinot Gris

- Also known as Pinot Gris in France, where it originated as a mutation of Pinot Noir. The berries can vary in color from yellowish to bluish-violet producing wines that range from white to slightly pink. The most successful wines from the grape come from the Collio in Friuli (Northeast Italy), where the wines are light- to medium-bodied, crisp, dry and, because of their high acidity, complementary to the region's foods like speck, Prosciutto di San Daniele and polenta. In Alsace, where the grape takes a back seat to more popular varietals like Gewürztraminer and Riesling, it is generally rich and honeyed. Other successful plantings of Pinot Grigio exist in Austria, Germany, Hungary and Romania, with even smaller amounts planted in British Columbia, Australia, New Zealand and California.
Country:

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.
Sub-Region:

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.