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2016 Zind-Humbrecht - Gewurztraminer Clos St Urbain Rangen de Thann

FRANCE / ALSACE /

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SKU: 50942-2016-750-1A
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

    Exotic spice, incense and smoke notes on the nose draw you into this fascinating white. This is dry, almost monolithic with acidity and minerality, yet the flavors of ripe and fleshy yellow peach, kumquat, Marcona almond, pickled ginger and Thai basil unfurl beautifully on the palate, leaving a mouthwatering impression on the rich, spiced finish. Drink now through 2031. 133 cases made.
    Drink Dates: 2019-2031
    Author: Alison Napjus
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 91

    The 2016 Alsace Grand Cru Rangen de Thann Gewurztraminer Clos Saint Urbain is a bone-dry wine with lots of structure and bitters. I find it lean and pretty uncharming at the moment, but it is tight, mineral and fresh. For me it lacks the juiciness and generosity I love about this grape, but I am looking forward to being surprised in a couple of years.
    Drink Dates: 2023 - 2030
    Author: Stephan Reinhardt
    Issue: 239
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 89

    Golden-tinged yellow. Musky, fresh but concentrated aromas and flavors of pineapple syrup, apple, nutmeg and grapefruit jelly. Not a blockbuster showy Gewürz but tightly wound, spicy and firmly structured, displaying a delicate sweetness to its crisp fruit flavors. Finishes firm but bright, with a light tannic impression. In 2016, all the Herrenweg Gewürz grapes were declassified into this wine. Olivier found that in 2016, the young vines gave wines of rustic tannins, and he wanted to improve the mouthfeel by including juice from older vines that gave much smoother wines.
    Drink Dates: 2018 - 2022
    Author: Ian D'Agata
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  • In Alsace, history is always relevant and with nearly 400 years of winegrowing in his DNA, Olivier Humbrecht should know a thing or two about history. He is intimately connected with wine production in the region. He was the first Frenchman to qualify as a Master of Wine, and is also president of Biodyvin, a French organization committed to biodynamic farming practices. At Zind-Humbrecht , established in 1959, he and his father Leonard oversee production of 13,000-16,000 cases each year from 30 hectares of domaine-owned plots in four Grand Cru vineyards, among other highly regarded sites. These excellent, often incredibly steep vineyard sites, combined with yields of half what is legally acceptable for Grand Crus, produce Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, and Muscat of uncompromising pedigree. The Zind-Humbrecht commitment to biodynamics is certainly not mere semantics. Whether in the vineyard or the cellar, tasks are scheduled according to the phases of the moon and the requisite cow horns are buried to improve soil vitality. Whether or not one chooses to believe in this regimen, that Zind-Humbrecht is one of the top, if not the top, producer in Alsace is impossible to deny.

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