2008 Zind Humbrecht "Goldert" Gewürztraminer Alsace (Previously $60)

SKU #1310621 93 points Wine Spectator

 This smells like sweet baking apple pie on the nose, but is much drier and almost tangy on the palate. Hints of apple sauce and cinnamon give a nod to the aromas, along with flavors of lychee, grapefruit peel, white pepper and smoke. Firm acidity provides balance for the ripe flavors, and the finish lingers with a smoky caramel note. Drink now through 2025. 220 cases made. (AN)  (9/2010)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Despite its deep, brassy color, Olivier Humbrecht says that his 2008 Gewurztraminer Goldert was only modestly influenced by botrytis. Its aromas of bacon fat and new leather signal a quite different personality from that of the other Gewurztraminers in the present collection, although classic rose petal and litchi are present as well. Thanks to strong acidity and to high extract – of which a chalky cast as well as welcome, mouthwatering salinity in its finish might be indicators – this wine of 48 grams residual sugar ends up representing the “dry end” (if it can be called that!) of Zind-Humbrecht’s 2008 vintage Gewurztraminer collection. I would expect at least ten or a dozen years of interest, and suspect it will prove more adaptable in culinary contexts than its even higher residual-sugar siblings. (DS)  (5/2011)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Full medium gold. Sexy aromas of flowers, golden raisin, truffle and almond. Fat, broad and sweet, with deep, very ripe floral and spice flavors dominating. Quite silky and opulent. (ST)  (11/2010)

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Varietal:

Gewurztraminer

- 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.
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.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.6