Zind-Humbrecht Brand Grand Cru Riesling 2011 Front Label
Zind-Humbrecht Brand Grand Cru Riesling 2011 Front Label

Zind-Humbrecht Brand Grand Cru Riesling 2011

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750ML / 14% ABV
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750ML / 14% ABV

Winemaker Notes

One would expect this wine to be a fruit bomb, maybe in a few years, but for the moment it displays a complex nose, quite discreet, with wet stones and ripe fruits. There is intensity there, so there is no hiding that this wine will also be long and persisting on the palate. The dry finish is superb, as this vintage has a natural roundness and velvety character. No doubt this wine will age without any problem.

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WS 92
Wine Spectator
Sleek, briny acidity frames fresh quince, star fruit, melon rind and ground anise flavors, with guava and biscuit hints and a lacy texture. Dry and tangy, revealing a lasting note of fleur de sel on the finish. Drink now through 2025.
RP 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Wearing its extract and sense of density on its sleeve but by no means heavy-weight even at 14% alcohol, Zind-Humbrecht 2011 Riesling Brand (last tasted from cask) suggests both huckleberry and cassis along with bitter-sweet floral perfume and fresh citrus. With piquancy bordering on outright bitterness allied with sizzle of musky rose radish, only the sheer juiciness of this firm Riesling keeps it from being too austere. I suspect it will prove worth following through 2028, not to mention that generosity more typical of both its site and vintage will emerge over the next couple of years.
Range: 90-91+
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Zind-Humbrecht, France
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The Domaine Zind-Humbrecht was created in 1959 by the merging of two families, that on Zenon Humbrecht, viticulteur in Gueberschwihr, and that of Emile Zind, viticulteur in Wintzenheim, with the marriage of their children, Leonard Humbrecht and Ginette Zind. Before this date both families produced and sold their wines separately. Domaine Humbrecht had been passed from father to son since the Thirty Years War (1620). The vinification is now in the hands of Oliver Humbrecht, son of Ginette and Leonard. In 1995, Robert Parker called Oliver's 1993's "The wine of a genius".

Certified Organic and Biodynamic.

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With its fairytale aesthetic, Germanic influence and strong emphasis on white wines, Alsace is one of France’s most unique viticultural regions. This hotly contested stretch of land running north to south on France’s northeastern border has spent much of its existence as German territory. Nestled in the rain shadow of the Vosges mountains, it is one of the driest regions of France but enjoys a long and cool growing season. Autumn humidity facilitates the development of “noble rot” for the production of late-picked sweet wines, Vendange Tardive and Sélection de Grains Nobles.

The best wines of Alsace can be described as aromatic and honeyed, even when completely dry. The region’s “noble” varieties, the only ones permitted within Alsace’s 51 Grands Crus vineyards, are Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Muscat, and Pinot Gris.

Riesling is Alsace’s main specialty. In its youth, Alsatian Riesling is dry, fresh and floral, but develops complex mineral and flint character with age. Gewurztraminer is known for its signature spice and lychee aromatics, and is often utilized for late harvest wines. Pinot Gris is prized for its combination of crisp acidity and savory spice as well as ripe stone fruit flavors. Muscat, vinified dry, tastes of ripe green grapes and fresh rose petal.

Other varieties grown here include Pinot Blanc, Auxerrois, Chasselas, Sylvaner and Pinot Noir—the only red grape permitted in Alsace and mainly used for sparkling rosé known as Crémant d’Alsace. Most Alsatian wines are single-varietal bottlings and unlike other French regions, are also labeled with the variety name.

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