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Zind-Humbrecht Rangen de Thann Clos St. Urbain Grand Cru Riesling 2013

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750ML / 12.5% ABV
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750ML / 12.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

The nose is unmistakable Rangen, showing intense flinty, aromatic herbal aromas. The palate is rich and powerful with good balance.

Savor as an aperitif or with simple dishes that showcase the wine.

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W&S 95
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Olivier Humbrecht farms his vines at Rangen de Thann on steep, south-facing slopes. He finds that the altitude (1,475 feet at the top) and the proximity to the Vosges Mountains slow down the ripening of the vines; Rangen is the last vineyard that he harvests. In 2013, the younger vines at the site did not make the cut, so this wine is solely from 51-year-old vines on volcanic rock. The low yields of the vintage show in the earthbound intensity of the wine, smoky, moutherwatering, and lasting for minutes. The texture is broad and luscious, but the wine is not fruity. It's herbal (like lovage), flinty, salty, spicy and remarkably long. A wine of the soil, this will need years in the cellar to yield its complexities.
WS 93
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Nectarine, grapefruit and star fruit flavors lead the way in this light-bodied white, followed by savory accents of tarragon, smoke and almond skin. Well-balanced and fresh, with a lasting, minerally finish. Drink now through 2022.
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Easily the most important Riesling made on the west coast of the USA, the 2013 Eroica just exudes pure varietal aromas and flavors; perky, with an off-dry personality and plenty of crisp acidity, this one is looking for a plate of shellfish. Light straw color; brisk, ripe apple aroma; medium bodied, brisk on the palate; off-dry, excellent acidity, well balanced; bright apple flavors, with a accent of flowers; lingering finish, crisp aftertaste. (Tasted: October 20, 2015, San Francisco, CA)
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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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A regal variety of incredible purity and precision, Riesling possesses a remarkable ability to reflect the character of wherever it is grown while still maintaining its identity. It can be just as enjoyable dry or sweet, young or old, still or sparkling and the best exmples can age longer than nearly any other white variety. Riesling is best known in Germany and Alsace, and is also of great importance in Austria. The variety has also been particularly successful in Australia’s Clare and Eden Valleys, New Zealand, Washington, cooler regions of California, and the Finger Lakes region of New York.

Tasting Notes for Riesling

Riesling can be a sweet or dry white wine. In any case it usually has a high acidity and stone fruit, citrus, spice and floral notes. At its ripest, it leans towards juicy peach, nectarine and pineapple, while cooler climes produce Rieslings redolent of meyer lemon, lime and green apple. With age, Riesling can become truly revelatory, developing unique, complex aromatics, often with a hint of petrol.

Perfect Food Pairings for Riesling

Riesling is quite versatile, enjoying the company of sweet-fleshed fish like sole, freshly shucked oysters and most Asian food. Sweeter styles work well with fruit-based desserts.

Sommelier Secrets for Riesling

It can be difficult to discern the level of sweetness in a Riesling, and German labeling laws do not make things any easier. Look for the world “trocken” to indicate a dry wine, or “halbtrocken” or “feinherb” for off-dry. Some producers will include a helpful sweetness scale on the back label—happily, a growing trend.

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