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2008 Zind Humbrecht Riesling Wine
Medium-yellow color. Open, expressive, citrusy nose is classic Alsatian Riesling with a lot of power; youthful and brooding. There's mint and spice and everything nice. We were off to a great start. Bright and lively on the palate with sweet apricot and pineapple fruit sharing the spotlight with terrific acidity. This is a weighty wine of high extract showing obvious signs of the influence of botrytis. Olivier told us that this wine was a Vendange Tardives in weight and it showed. It is a huge yet balanced wine that dances. Incredibly long finish, with a touch too much alcohol in the end. A brilliant wine that should age well.

Since 1620, the Humbrecht vineyards in Alsace have been passed down through successive generations of the family. Originally they worked their plots by horse, made wine, then sold it in cask, but in 1947 new technology and a decrease in bulk wine prices inspired Emile Humbrecht to begin bottling his own production. In 1959, when Leonard Humbrecht married Genevieve Zind, Domaine Zind-Humbrecht was born. Today Domaine Zind-Humbrecht consists of 100 acres, overseen by Leonard's son Oliver. The modern and spacious winery located on the main road between Colmar and Turckheim, sits amid the Herrenweg vineyard.The success of Zind-Humbrecht wines lies in the attention they pay to the vineyards. Leonard and Oliver never let winemaking override the character of the vineyard, which is attributed to its soil type, slope, exposition and drainage potential. They are also fanatics about restricting yields.

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