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2006 Zind Humbrecht "Heimbourg" Riesling

SKU #1150213 93 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Its elegance belies its power. Apple blossom and quince paste notes layer kumquat and pink grapefruit flavors, while a hint of white pepper plays off the zesty acidity. The clean, lingering finish is subtle, echoing a lightly honeyed note. Best from 2011 through 2025. Inner quote mark (10/2008)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The Zind-Humbrecht 2006 Riesling Heimbourg is overtly rich (though dry-tasting) and enveloping (at 14% alcohol); waxy-textured; loaded with distillate-like pit fruit esters and the piquancy of fruit pits and grapefruit rind; hints at truffle; and offers rich nut oils and honey in its long, soothing, billowing, persistently esterous finish. More predictably than most of the 2006 Rieslings at this address, it behaves a bit 'like a dry vendange tardive' words I heard out of Olivier Humbrecht’s mouth just seconds after recording them as part of my own note. 'Twenty years ago,' he adds by way of perspective, 'my father would have sold a wine like this - with 9 grams of residual sugar - as vendange tardive. Today, it would not be accepted.' I can imagine this being worth following for another 3-4 years. Inner quote mark (4/2010)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark 14% alcohol with 8.8 g/l r.s.) Bright lemon-yellow color. Floral honey, ripe citrus fruits and apricot on the nose; hints at a late-harvest character. Then broad and sexy in the mouth but racy, with a slightly glyceral, honeyed texture cut by firm acidity. A very tactile, nicely balanced wine with a subtle sweetness. Finishes gripping and long. Inner quote mark (12/2008)

K&L Notes

According to Wine Advocate: "As for 2006, it's clear that this is a year to test the meddle of any grower, and it is therefore not surprising that Zind-Humbrecht was among the estates to demonstrate that excellence and even excitement were not ruled out by the weather." (04/2010)


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