Zind-Humbrecht Heimbourg Pinot Gris 1996 Front Label
Zind-Humbrecht Heimbourg Pinot Gris 1996 Front Label

Zind-Humbrecht Heimbourg Pinot Gris 1996

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Winemaker Notes

The nose shows typical limestone influence, with nice nutty, toasty and slight mineral hints. The palate is powerful and dense. Aeration brings out some honey character as well as ripe fruits. The finish is quite velvety.

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WS 93
Wine Spectator
This really lights up the palate. Lots of power in this ripe, dense Pinot Gris. The crème brûlée, violet and guava flavors are deep and intense, set against an ironlike structure that blazes with minerality on the finish.
RP 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 1996 Tokay-Pinot Gris Heimbourg exhibits a butterscotch, honeyed, exotic nose, full-bodied, glycerin-endowed, cherry-like flavors that ooze over the palate with layers of flavor. This thick, full-bodied wine possesses 1.5% residual sugar, yet tastes sweeter. It should continue to evolve and gain more complexity over the next 7-8 years, and last for 15 or more.
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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, Alsace 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 Alsace wines are single-varietal bottlings and unlike other French regions, are also labeled with the variety name.

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This “white” variety is actually born out of a mutation of Pinot Noir and shows a unique rosy, purplish hue upon full ripeness. The grape boasts two versions of its name and two generally distinct styles: the crisp, Italian Pinot Grigio and the softer French Pinot Gris. Somm Secret—Given the color of its berries and aromatic potential, Pinot Grigio is commonly used to make "orange wines." An orange wine is a white wine made with fermentation on its skins (similar to red wine making), leading to n orange hued wine with ephemeral aromas and extra complexity.

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