Zind-Humbrecht Clos Windsbuhl Selection des Grains Nobles Pinot Gris (375ml half-bottle) 2001 Front Label
Zind-Humbrecht Clos Windsbuhl Selection des Grains Nobles Pinot Gris (375ml half-bottle) 2001 Front Label

Zind-Humbrecht Clos Windsbuhl Selection des Grains Nobles Pinot Gris (375ml half-bottle) 2001

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Winemaker Notes

One can find all the subtlety and delicacy of the Windsbuhl terroir in the refined, fruity (pears, quince, citrus) and mineral (wet stones, iodine) nose. The palate shows a round structure, well-balanced by a ripe acidity.

Pair with paté, poultry, pork or pasta dishes in rich sauces.

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WS 100
Wine Spectator
Like liquid candy, this is a mouthful of apricot, quince, coconut, honey and smoke flavors matched to a thick texture and vibrant structure. Despite the concentration, it melts in the mouth, as the acidity takes over from the initial sweetness. Incredibly long butterscotch aftertaste. Drink now through 2025.
RP 96
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2001 Pinot Gris Clos Windsbuhl (indice 5) is a wine of huge ripeness. It has Vendange Tardive levels of sweetness (for Humbrecht it lacked enough botrytis to earn that moniker) yet retains a refined, balanced character. Minerals, smoky apricots, and white peaches are found in its aromatics. Silky-textured, medium to full-bodied, and powerful, it is a broad, intensely flavorful, decadent wine that is crammed with smoke-laced poached pears and peaches. In addition, this exceptional offering has a shockingly long, fruit-filled finish. Projected maturity: 2008-2025+.
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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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Showing a unique rosy, purplish hue upon full ripeness, this “white” variety is actually born out of a mutation of Pinot Noir. The grape boasts two versions of its name, as well as two generally distinct styles. In Italy, Pinot Grigio achieves most success in the mountainous regions of Trentino and Alto Adige as well as in the neighboring Friuli—all in Italy’s northeast. France's Alsace and Oregon's Willamette Valley produce some of the world's most well-regarded Pinot Gris wine. California produces both styles with success.

Tasting Notes for Pinot Grigio

Pinot Grigio is a dry, white wine naturally low in acidity. Pinot Grigio wines showcase signature flavors and aromas of stone fruit, citrus, honeysuckle, pear and almond. Alsatian styles are aromatic (think rose and honey), richly textured and sometimes relatively higher in alcohol compared to their Italian counterpart. As Pinot Grigio in Italy, the style is often light and charming.

Perfect Food Pairings for Pinot Grigio

The viscosity of a typical Alsatian Pinot Gris allows it to fit in harmoniously with the region's rich foods like pork, charcuterie and foie gras. Pinot Grigio, on the other hand, with its citrusy freshness, works well as an aperitif wine or with seafood and subtle chicken dishes.

Sommelier Secrets for Pinot Grigio

Given the pinkish color of its berries and aromatic potential if cared for to fully ripen, the Pinot Grigio variety is actually one that is commonly used to make "orange wines." An orange wine is a white wine made in the red wine method, i.e. with fermentation on its skins. This process leads to a wine with more ephemeral aromas, complexity on the palate and a pleasant, light orange hue.

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