2005 Zind-Humbrecht - Riesling Rangen Clos St Urbain 750ml

France - Alsace - Thann | Grand Cru/ White / Riesling
2005 Zind-Humbrecht - Riesling Rangen Clos St Urbain
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International Wine Cellar | 90(+?)

($95) Pale yellow-gold. Musky aromas of ripe apricot, smoked meat and minerals. Silky in texture and superrich but downright steely today. Very dry (less than three grams of r.s.) and unforgiving wine, and yet this seems purer and finer than the 2004. I wouldn't think about pulling a cork for at least three or four years, if not considerably longer than that. Humbrecht noted that both the '04 and '05 Rangens are much drier than the rieslings he produced from this grand cru vineyard in many earlier vintages.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 133

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Wine Advocate | 91

The 2005 Riesling Rangen Clos Saint Urban as seems in recent years to be the grapes' wont in this site fermented completely dry, yet there is but a modest 13.3% alcohol. Peach, wood smoke and intriguingly musky, meaty notes on the nose are followed by a dry but juicy rather than austere palate, with faintly bitter citrus rind, wood smoke, salt, and iodine character leading to decidedly pungent, penetrating, clear, slightly tart, and invigorating finish. This is an athletically spare Riesling with a striking balance, best not revisited for several years and likely to justify more than a decade in bottle.

Author: David Schildknecht
Issue: 175

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Score:
Author: Peter B
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 04/24/2010
Drink Dates:
Excellent. drinking great.
Score: 92
Author: biggsy
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 08/28/2009
Light golden colour. Intense lemon, lime and a stony minerality on the nose. Lean and bone dry; lively acidity. Long and complex on the mid-palate. Seamless citrus fruit, orange peel and a mineral smokiness on the palate. Long finish. Excellent, probably with decades left.
More Vintages and Sizes of Zind-Humbrecht - Riesling Rangen Clos St Urbain:

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