2008 Zind Humbrecht Pinot Gris Heimbourg Sélection de Grains Nobles

SKU #1355039 98 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (for 375 ml.; 9.7% alcohol, 224 g/l r.s. and 10.7 acidity) Medium gold. Utterly captivating nose melds bitter orange peel, apricot, wildflower honey and minerals. Thick, tactile and extremely young, with powerful acidity giving it a slightly disjointed character initially. For all its huge density, there's great cut to the flavors of apricot, honey and flowers, with the wine's powerful sweetness leavened by a savory element. Finishes with palate-staining fruit, outstanding energy and uncanny persistence. This came together brilliantly with aeration, maintaining great refinement and a sensation of weightlessness. Will go on for decades. (ST)  (11/2010)

96 points Wine Spectator

 Ripe mango, pineapple and star fruit notes play off just a hint of fresh, earthy mushroom in this vibrant version, which shows zesty, enlivening acidity that provides lots of muscle, though there's a lightly mouthcoating texture that's like a layer of silk on the palate. Finely tuned. Drink now through 2030. (AN)  (10/2010)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The Zind-Humbrecht 2008 Pinot Gris Heimbourg Selection de Grains Nobles smells prominently of white truffle and sauteed champignons, along with maraschino, white raisin, quince preserves, and decadent lily perfume. Given 224 grams of residual sugar, even with yet-higher acidity than the corresponding Rotenberg, this comes off as enormously sweet. Here is an instance where Olivier Humbrecht thinks precisely a high acid and correspondingly low pH medium inhibited the yeasts in their labors, resulting in a protracted fermentation that petered-out at only 9.7% alcohol. One experiences that sense of confiture and honey being laced with enlivening fresh lemon, and even if one wants to characterize the finish as sweet-sour, it is undeniably intense, prolonged, and full of potentially productive, latently energetic tension. This needs a decade, I suspect, just to settle into a groove, and ought to be worth following for more than another decade beyond that, though I would monitor the extent to which the overtly fungal notes integrate or strengthen. (DS)  (5/2011)

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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 Gew├╝rztraminer 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. 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.