Zind Humbrecht Pinot Gris Calcaire (750ml)
Grown in the village of Turckheim, Pinot Gris vineyards are at higher altitudes with very little top soil, resulting in a great structure. Zind-Humbrecht’s dedication to terroir expression guides all winemaking practices, which include extended pressing cycles, abbreviated clarification cycles (to retain natural yeasts and proteins in the must), natural malolactic fermentation and extended aging on the lees. The wine is aged 18 months in 40-year-old French barrels.
Bright yellow. Clean aromas of lemon, resin, honey and pear. Supple and fruity, offering broad but bright flavors of fresh citrus, apple pie and minerals, along with a chewy saline quality. Fairly large-scale, but stylish and juicy. Finishes nicely sweet but balanced, with very good lift. The wine is a blend of grapes from the Rotenberg that made a wine that Olivier found too sweet (when normally it is the driest of his Pinot Gris wines) and from the Heimbourg (which in 2015 gave a wine that was too dry and hard). The final tally is 10 g/L residual sugar so this will taste off-dry to most people. – Ian D’Agata