Zind-Humbrecht Gewurztraminer 2004

France - Other regions

Winemaker's Notes

Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2006!

"The nose is showing great spices and rose scent. Again, it is a mix of aromatic Herrenweg style and more austere/mineral calcareous Hengst/Heimbourg style.
The fact that the wine is very dry doesn't really show on the palate. Good acidity and dry extract give an harmonious palate. Like most 2004's, it is a very easy wine to enjoy and drink!"

-Olivier Humbrecht

"Complex and exotic, offering dried lychee, orange and white pepper notes on a large-scale frame. It's muscular and powerful, with a firm, dry finish."

-Wine Spectator

About the Region

The only French wine region that traditionally labels the majority of its releases with varietal grape names, Alsace, borders Germany and a bit of Switzerland in northeastern France, and a local variant on the German language is widely spoken. The majority of Alsatian wines are white, based most of all on riesling or gewürztraminer, with pinot gris and auxerrois blanc (a chardonnay relative) close behind. Other white wine varieties here include sylvaner, pinot blanc, three kinds of muscat, chasselas, savignin, and chardonnay. Rosé and light-bodied but aromatic red wines are produced from pinot noir, and there is pleasant sparkling wine, labeled crémant d'Alsace, which may include riesling, pinot blanc, pinot noir, pinot gris, auxerrois blanc, and/or chardonnay, with a rosé version made from pinot noir. Alsatian whites are known for their structure and acidity, their aromatic qualities, and their vivid expression of varietal fruit. Sweet wines, labeled vendange tardive (late harvest) and sélection de grains nobles (selection of noble berries, i.e., those affected with "noble rot" like sauternes or many German sweet wines) — the later sweeter — are made from riesling, gewürztraminer, muscat, and pinot gris.