LAST CALL! The “Classic”: 2014 Zind-Humbrecht Pre-Arrival

August 9, 2016
Heather Marshall

Good Morning!

Perhaps no other producer in Alsace invites as much excitement and disbelief as Zind-Humbrect. It’s hard to argue otherwise, especially with a man like Olivier in charge, a man many consider to be one of the most knowledgeable and passionate white wine producers in the world. Olivier recently stopped by the shop and tasted us on the 2014’s, offering a beautiful glimpse into the vintage. 2014 is shaping up to become a classic vintage in Alsace and we were very excited to taste through his wines. The good news? The wines were marvelous, showing exciting structure and concentration backed by very good acidity.

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“All the wines have superb acidity balance and good physiological ripeness, with normal sugar levels. Over-ripeness was hard to achieve in 2014. The evolution of the noble rot wasn’t perfect and the climate became also more difficult in October. It is easy to predict a great quality and drier style wines for Rieslings and Pinot-Gris, all showing great soil influences and good ageing potentials. Gewurztraminer will be also in a drier style.”

It is our pleasure to introduce the 2014 Pre-arrival to you. Plus, we also have some cool older vintages direct from the Olivier’s own cellar!!!

Wines are due to arrive 4 to 6 weeks

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More About the Wines:

2014 Zind-Humbrecht Pinot Gris: $22 NET

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

2014 Zind-Humbrecht Pinot Gris Calcaire: $40 NET
From the importer: “Smoky, mineral aromas mingle with stone fruit (peach, apricots) on the nose. The first sensation on the palate is a light roundness, quickly balanced by a ripe acidity that brings and enjoyable vivacity to the mouth. The finish shows some interesting tannins which also help to keep the richness of the wine in harmony.”

2014 Zind-Humbrecht Pinot Gris Rotenburg: $48 NET
“Sweetness code 1 = technically dry or tastes dry. Pale pinky gold. More spicy than the Turckheim on both nose and palate. Lighter on the palate though, again surprisingly delicate but lingering and elegantly spiced.” 16.5/20 pts, Jancis Robinson

2014 Zind-Humbrecht Pinot Blanc: $20 NET
“Sweetness code 1 = technically dry or tastes dry. Pale gold with even a slight hint of pink? Creamy and really delicately scented. A hint of blossom. Much more concentrated than I expected from the nose and more full-bodied than the alcohol suggests, though this is highlighted by the room temperature of the wine. Citrus and apple and gentleness but with intensity and freshness. Persistent too.” 16.5/20 pts, Jancis Robinson

2014 Zind-Humbrecht Muscat Goldert: $48 NET
“Sweetness code 1 = technically dry or tastes dry. Intensely aromatic but not a caricature – actually smells like a cross between Muscat and Gewürz – spice and rose petals and just a little grapey. A little more grapey on the palate. Great ability to be both delicate and finely perfumed. Light-bodied and feather-light aromatic intensity.” 17/20 pts, Jancis Robinson

2014 Zind-Humbrecht Gewurtraminer Calcaire: $40 NET
“Sweetness code 2 = not technically dry but the sugar is not evident on the palate and the wines taste dry after time in bottle. Even more intense than the Turckheim Gewurz, the aromas heightened by the higher residual sugar. Roses and almost a little honeyed, even though the sweetness is quite moderate – and moderated by the respectable acidity. Power and persistence remarkable for a wine that again has delicacy in its harmony and balance. Great value.”17.5/20 pts, Jancis Robsinon

2014 Zind-Humbrecht Riesling: $22 NET
From the importer: “The nose shows intense white fruit aromas, classic Riesling intensity without the more stony character often found on richer wines. The palate feels surprisingly intense, while finishing very dry but without any tightness. An easy wine to enjoy in its youth.”

2014 Zind-Humbrecht Riesling Roche Volcanique: $30 NET
“Sweetness code 1 = technically dry or tastes dry. Pale gold. More smoky and oily than the Roche Calcaire, the fruit smells richer and more peachy – you’d think there was some Pinot Gris in here. Still has that silky viscous texture but is lighter on the palate than I’d expected from the aroma. The finish is a complex mix of spiced citrus with a hint of rose petals.” 16.5/20 pts, Jancis Robinson

2014 Zind-Humbrecht Riesling Heimbourg: $39 NET
2013 Review: “Exotically spiced and very distinctive. Cedar too. Complex flavours of spice and cedary citrus. Crisp and tastes bone dry even with RS 3.3 g/l.” 16.5/20 pts, Jancis Robinson

2014 Zind-Humbrecht Riesling Calcaire: $40 NET
“Light and tight. Very dense with some wild flowers dancing across the palate. Great texture and self-confidence. Real chew on the end. Already quite charming.” 17/20 pts, Jancis Robinson

2014 Zind-Humbrecht Riesling Brand Grand Cru: $70 NET
From the importer: “A complex nose, quite discreet, with wet stones and ripe fruits. Vibrant, intense and long on the palate.”

2014 Zind-Humbrecht Riesling Clos Windsbuhl: $72 NET
“Lots to chew on. Still very youthful and bone dry. Quite uncompromising. Essence of young, dry Riesling.” 17/20 pts, Jancis Robinson

2014 Zind-Humbrecht Riesling Rangen de Thann, Clos St. Urbain: $96 NET
“Sweetness code 1 = technically dry or tastes dry. Pale pinky gold. Marked spice notes – like burnished gold, if gold were to have an aroma. Deep and rich and viscous, so generous and apparently gentle and yet with sustained intensity and length, the citrus kick coming in on the finish. Depth of flavour without heaviness or weight.” 17/20 pts, Jancis Robinson

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Oldies But Goodies:

2003 Zind-Humbrecht Riesling Rangen de Thann Clos Saint Urbain Grand Cru (indice 1): $60 NET
“Firm, dry and powerful, this white evokes a combination of peach, white pepper and grapefruit. It shows some heat now, so needs some time to settle down. Salty, mineral aftertaste.” 91 pts, Wine Spectator

2006 Zind-Humbrecht Pinot Gris Clos Jebsal Sélection de Grains Nobles Trie Spéciale 375 ml: $86 NET
(for 375 ml.; 6.8% alcohol, with 333 g/l r.s.) Dark orange-brown. Stewed orange, honey, molasses and medicinal herbs on the high-toned nose. Hugely concentrated, glyceral, honeyed and sweet but with racy acidity giving energy to the mid-palate. The endless, thick finish stains the palate with honey and resin.” 95+ pts, Stephen Tanzer

2007 Zind-Humbrecht Pinot Gris Rangen de Thann Clos Saint Urbain Grand Cru (indice 3): $60 NET
From Oivier: “the nose is showing a harmonious combination of smoke and flint flavours and some white fruit (pears, apricots). It is a gentle and powerful giant, but very civilized and balanced wine. The sweetness shows on the palate, but thanks to a great acidity and fresh structure, it should blend in very quickly and gradually reveal even more the volcanic character.”

2007 Zind-Humbrecht Pinot Gris Clos Jebsal Vendage Tardive 375 ml: $59 NET
From Olivier: “the nose is extremely elegant, showing soft aromas of vanilla, acacia honey, and some smoky flavours. Still quite closed and subtle, the fermentation flavours (brioche, nutty aromas) are still contrasting with the minerality of this vineyard. The palate is quite surprising. The lower than usual alcohol make it resembles more to a light SGN than a powerful VT. Very soft and elegant finish. This is clearly more a dessert wine.”

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Now the Big Boys:

2003 Zind-Humbrecht Pinot Gris Rangen de Thann Clos Saint Urbain Grand Cru 3L!!!: $178 NET

2003 Zind-Humbrecht Riesling Rangen de Thann Clos Saint Urbain Grand Cru (indice 1) 3L!!!: $240 NET

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RECAP:

2014 Pinot Gris: $22 NET

2014 Pinot Gris Calcaire: $40 NET

2014 Pinot Gris Rotenburg: $48 NET

2014 Pinot Blanc: $20 NET

2014 Muscat Goldert: $48 NET

2014 Gewurtraminer Calcaire: $40 NET

2014 Riesling: $22 NET

2014 Zind-Humbrecht Riesling Roche Volcanique: $30 NET

2014 Zind-Humbrecht Riesling Heimbourg: $39 NET

2014 Riesling Calcaire: $40 NET

2014 Zind-Humbrecht Riesling Clos Windsbuhl: $72 NET

2014 Riesling Clos Windsbuhl: $72 NET

2014 Rangen de Thann, Clos St. Urbain: $96 NET

Old Cellar Direct Treasures:

2003 Riesling Rangen de Thann Clos Saint Urbain Grand Cru (indice 1): $60 NET

2006 Zind Humbrecht Pinot Gris Clos Jebsal Sélection de Grains Nobles Trie Spéciale 375 ml: $86 NET

2007 Zind Humbrecht Pinot Gris Rangen de Thann Clos Saint Urbain Grand Cru (indice 3): $60 NET

2003 Zind Humbrecht Pinot Gris Rangen de Thann Clos Saint Urbain Grand Cru 3L!!!: $178 NET

2003 Zind Humbrecht Riesling Rangen de Thann Clos Saint Urbain Grand Cru (indice 1) 3L!!!: $240 NET
***LAST CALL!!! Orders due by tomorrow, Friday, Aug. 12th at NOON!!!***

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