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Zind-Humbrecht Riesling 2012

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Zind-Humbrecht Riesling 2012 750ml

Zind-Humbrecht Riesling

90 points Wine Spectator:This bright, aromatic white shows excellent cut, with hints of orchard blossom and rose to the flavors of quince, lychee, mandarin orange and ground ginger underscored by a light smoky vein of minerality. Drink now through 2018. 700 cases imported.

The ripeness of the grape skins and the limestone characteristics of the soil have produced a wine with pronounced varietal aromas and flavors. A wine of medium acidity, it finishes completely dry. This is the entry-level Riesling from Zind-Humbrecht, one of the most respected producers in Alsace. The Riesling is made from estate fruit and boasts intense fruit and mineral notes with a core of acidity that makes it fresh and drinkable with your favorite spicy Thai dish.

For the 2012 vintage, grapes from the younger vines in the Herrenweg vineyard were blended with fruit harvested from estate parcels planted on limestone soils. The vintage produced very healthy fruit, with good phenolic ripeness and balanced sugar levels. While the rest of the world has often misappropriated the name--Welchriesling, Riesling Italico, Gray Riesling and Emerald Riesling are all names applied to varieties that are NOT Riesling--this exceptional German varietal has managed to maintain its identity. Perhaps its biggest claims to fame are its intoxicating perfume, often described as having honeyed stone fruit, herb, apple and citrus notes, and its incredible longevity - the wines lasting for decades. Aged Rieslings often take on a distinctive and alluring Petrol-like aroma. Within Germany, the grape seems to do best in the warming slate soils of the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer. Other German regions that turn out great Rieslings include Pfalz, Rheingau and Nahe. German Rieslings are made in a range of ripeness levels. The top wines are assigned Prädikat levels to describe their ripeness at harvest. These are: Kabinett, Spätlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese, Eiswein and Trockenbeerenauslese. Riesling has also achieved acclaim in France's Alsace, the only region in that country where the grape is officially permitted. Alsatian Rieslings are typically dry and wonderfully aromatic. Austrian Riesling is also steadily gaining praise and fine Riesling is also produced in Italy's Alto-Adige and Friuli, in Slovenia and much of Central and Eastern Europe. In the New World its stronghold is Australia, where it does best in the Eden and Clare Valleys. It is also planted in smaller amounts in New Zealand. In the US, winemakers are eschewing the syrupy sweet versions of the 1970s and 1980s, instead making elegant and balanced wines in both California and Washington State.

I was hoping that this riesling would have some tiny bubbles to add zest like a spatalese would. Otherwise, the taste, to me, is mineral and dry, which works well with cheese, fish, roasted chicken. The rating is for me and others may find it better.

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Zind-Humbrecht Zind-Humbrecht Riesling 2012
BOTTLE SIZE: 750ml
90 points Wine Spectator:This bright, aromatic white shows excellent cut, with hints of orchard blossom and rose to the flavors of quince, lychee, mandarin orange and ground ginger underscored by a light smoky vein of minerality. Drink now through 2018. 700 cases imported.
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Notes on the Zind-Humbrecht Riesling 750ML 2012

Tasting Notes The ripeness of the grape skins and the limestone characteristics of the soil have produced a wine with pronounced varietal aromas and flavors. A wine of medium acidity, it finishes completely dry. This is the entry-level Riesling from Zind-Humbrecht, one of the most respected producers in Alsace. The Riesling is made from estate fruit and boasts intense fruit and mineral notes with a core of acidity that makes it fresh and drinkable with your favorite spicy Thai dish.

Technical Notes For the 2012 vintage, grapes from the younger vines in the Herrenweg vineyard were blended with fruit harvested from estate parcels planted on limestone soils. The vintage produced very healthy fruit, with good phenolic ripeness and balanced sugar levels. While the rest of the world has often misappropriated the name--Welchriesling, Riesling Italico, Gray Riesling and Emerald Riesling are all names applied to varieties that are NOT Riesling--this exceptional German varietal has managed to maintain its identity. Perhaps its biggest claims to fame are its intoxicating perfume, often described as having honeyed stone fruit, herb, apple and citrus notes, and its incredible longevity - the wines lasting for decades. Aged Rieslings often take on a distinctive and alluring Petrol-like aroma. Within Germany, the grape seems to do best in the warming slate soils of the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer. Other German regions that turn out great Rieslings include Pfalz, Rheingau and Nahe. German Rieslings are made in a range of ripeness levels. The top wines are assigned Prädikat levels to describe their ripeness at harvest. These are: Kabinett, Spätlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese, Eiswein and Trockenbeerenauslese. Riesling has also achieved acclaim in France's Alsace, the only region in that country where the grape is officially permitted. Alsatian Rieslings are typically dry and wonderfully aromatic. Austrian Riesling is also steadily gaining praise and fine Riesling is also produced in Italy's Alto-Adige and Friuli, in Slovenia and much of Central and Eastern Europe. In the New World its stronghold is Australia, where it does best in the Eden and Clare Valleys. It is also planted in smaller amounts in New Zealand. In the US, winemakers are eschewing the syrupy sweet versions of the 1970s and 1980s, instead making elegant and balanced wines in both California and Washington State.