2014 Zind Humbrecht Gewürztraminer Alsace (Biodynamic)

SKU #1265346 92 points James Suckling

 This is very balanced with just a touch of sweetness. Full and flavorful and delicately spicy. Dried pineapple and mangoes. Pretty finish. Some of the gewürz from top vineyards went into this. From biodynamically grown grapes. Drink now.

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 This grows at Zind-Humbrecht’s gravelly valley-floor vineyards in Turckheim, where the vines average 45 years old, with some dating to the 1940s and ’50s. It starts off brisk and tight, with bitter melon and grapefruit pith flavors, building intensity with air so it almost grabs you by the lapels and shakes. Boudin blanc will tame some of that intensity, as will a few years of age.

Jancis Robinson

 *Good Value* Pale gold. Intensely aromatic with rose petals and lychees – sounds so clichéd but that is what it is like. It is hard to believe the stated alcohol because although this is deeply scented, it is supremely delicate and has the freshness to balance. A little more oily and viscous on the finish but floats like a much lighter wine. (JH)  (3/2016)

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- Thought to have originated in the city of Tramin in Italy's Alto Adige, Gewürztraminer is actually a pink-skinned incarnation of the Traminer varietal, and also the most widely planted variation. Known for its heady perfume redolent of rose petals and spice and tropical lychee flavor, its fuller body and moderate acidity, it can be made in a variety of styles ranging from completely dry to sweet late harvest wines. The best representations of the grape are grown in Austria and France's Alsace, though it's being made in smaller quantities in Eastern Europe, Italy, the Pacific Northwest, California, New Zealand and Australia.


- 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.


- 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.