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2009 Gewurztraminer Clos Windsbuhl, Domaine Zind-Humbrecht, Alsace (organic wine)

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Crackling acidity sets up this dry, aromatic version, with layered flavors of lychee, fleur de sel, orange peel and smoke, joined by a hint of cantaloupe. Finely meshed, building in intensity toward the minerally finish, with lots of lingering white pepper notes. 92 points Wine Spectator

Decidedly sweet at a mere 13.2% alcohol, the Zind-Humbrecht 2009 Gewurztraminer Clos Windsbuhl is scented and loads the palate with overripe melon, persimmon, marzipan, and caramel, spiced with clove and cinnamon. For all of its confectionary elements and sheer sweetness, there is an admirable sense of purity as well as a soothing polish and alluring creaminess on display, extending to a prodigious finish. As with its Rangen counterpart, this should remain fresh for at least 12-15 years, but it will end up lasting a lot longer, I suspect (and perhaps it will) if its sense of sweetness is to significantly moderate. 91 points Wine Advocate

 

 

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Domaine Zind-Humbrecht’s Clos Windsbuhl Vineyard faces south to south-east. With its average to steep slope (between 15 and 40%), the small Windsbuhl hill is at a high altitude for Alsace (around 350 m). The vines grow in a limestone substrata dense with shells (muschelkalk) and rich in clays and chalky rock. The soil is very thin in certain areas and the country rock often outcrops in the middle of the slope. It is well worth noting that the Windsbuhl Vineyard lies on a soil structure quite different from the rest of the commune. The altitude of the vineyard coupled with Hunawihr’s tardy climate means that the Clos Windsbuhl is often one of the last of our domaine’s vineyards to be harvested. This explains the aromatic quality of the Clos’ wines and the consistent balance of acidity, a guarantee of good aging. Although often harvested late, Windsbuhl Vineyard grapes are only rarely botryitized, doubtless due to the altitude of the vineyard, but nevertheless often reach high levels of maturity.

 

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