Pronounced aromas of flint, earth and exotic spicesprecede notes of rich fruit and saline. A beautifully textured wine, with an almost velvety texture on the finish.
Wine Advocate 94 points - White peach and grapefruit ? strongly tinged with pit and rind ? lend Zind-Humbrecht?s 2010 Riesling Rangen Clos Saint Urbain lusciousness and winsomeness well beyond those displayed by its immediate siblings. To be sure, significantly lower total acidity, higher pH, and (at 9.5 grams) higher residual sugar, are scarcely incidental to that effect, and this wine is plenty bright and zesty. A smoky aura and palate suffusion of peat and black tea such as are associated with this site are very much present, and the invigoratingly energetic penetration of this Riesling?s strikingly long, focused finish is accompanied by a no less notable impression of levity thanks at least in part to analytically modest (12.5%) alcohol. The infectious juiciness here promises to last decades ? I wouldn?t want to drink my last bottle before 2035 ? and if surplus reserve of extract and sense of energy count toward age-worthiness that may well prove a conservative estimate. This is the vintage that Rangen needs to show its greatest potential. But there have not been many such cool growing seasons of late. (Aug 2014)
The Humbrecht family has been winegrowers in Alsace since 1620 but the Domaine came by its current name when Leonard Humbrecht married Genevieve Zind in 1959. Located in the heart of the Herrenweg vineyard, Leonard significantly expanded the familyís holdings to include an enviable collection of Grand Cru and other high quality vineyards. The Domaine is currently managed by Leonardís son, Olivier Humbrecht, the only Alsacian winemaker to attain M.W. status. A staunch advocate for biodynamic farming, Olivier tailors every aspect of viticulture and winemaking based on terroir. Whether a single vineyard or a blend, place and vintage are clearly and unmistakably expressed in each wine.
|The Rangen de Thann Vineyard is located on a very steep south facing slope. The vineyard is planted on dark, rocky volcanic sedimentary soils and the vines average 48 years old. Indice 1