The Oeno File: 2009 Domaine Zind-Humbrecht Pinot Gris

July 5th, 2011

By Chris Gill

One of the most highly regarded wine estates in the Alsace region, Domaine Zind-Humbrecht produces a mindboggling variety of exceptional white wines, from their inexpensive Pinot D’Alsace to grands crus like their Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris, and Riesling wines produced with grapes from the Clos St. Urbain Rangen de Thann vineyard. What’s truly amazing about Zind-Humbrecht wines is the emphasis on quality and attention to detail, regardless of the retail price. Winemaker Oliver Humbrecht uses biodynamic farming methods and production techniques that truly capture the elusive terroir of each vineyard, giving each wine incredible personality, character, and depth.

Zind-Humbrecht typically produces between six to 12 different Pinot Gris wines during any given vintage. Most are single-vineyard or region-specific bottlings, but even this inexpensive blend, which is made primarily with grapes from the Herrenweg vineyard combined with grapes from other Zind-Humbrecht vineyards, still captures the personality of Herrenweg’s gravelly soil. The delicate floral bouquet is balanced by a mineral foundation, slight smokiness, and a compelling blend of lemon, lychee, and apricot fruit. Zind-Humbrecht thoughtfully features a five-level sweetness index on the label so you know how dry or sweet the wine will be, with “indice 1” being the driest and “indice 5” being very sweet. This wine is indice 1, which, combined with its 14 percent alcohol content, makes it a wonderful Pinot Gris to enjoy with chicken, pork, or game fowl dishes.

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