Zind Humbrecht Pinot d’Alsace 2005

Domaine Zind Humbrecht has produced some of the most widely recognized wines to come out of Alsace, France. Leonard Humbrecht married Genevieve Zind in 1959 and the couple has been at the forefront of the organic and biodynamic movement, creating wines with a forward-thinking approach from their inception.

While their most well known wines come from the Clos Windsbuhl and Rangen vineyards, they also produce many other wines, often drawn from several vineyards, that are available at much lower price-points. The 2005 Pinot d’Alsace, composed of Pinot Blanc and Pinot Auxerrois grapes, is a stellar example of what this Domaine can do with its field blends.

Crisp aromas of unripe apricot skin and white peaches emerge from the glass, with an additional touch of honey and white flowers (even if a tad restrained). Yet the nose is mildly misleading. The amount of fruit indicated is entirely different when experienced on the palate. Bracing lemony acidity appears distinctly on the mid-palate, paired with a nice minerality and additional hint of apricot; the only fruit mirrored in the mouth that was implied on the nose. Medium bodied, and ultimately completely dry, the Pinot d’Alsace is a good representation of Domaine Zind Humbrecht wines at a very accessible price point; $22 retail. A delicious aperitif, this wine would work well with fish, shellfish and certain cheese selections.


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