Wine Advocate 91 points - Zind-Humbrecht?s 2011 Gewurztraminer Calcaire ? which would have been this vintage?s Gewurztraminer Wintzenheim save for the legislation discussed above that now precludes a label featuring this town?s name ? is unabashedly sweet, finishing a tad under 14% in alcohol. Classic and alluring scents of rose petal, cinnamon, and lychee have their counterparts on a creamy yet thanks to injections of lime and grapefruit delightfully juicy palate. Nut pastes add rich underlying appeal as the wine heads in to a finish whose buoyancy and sheer refreshment belie its relatively high alcohol and residual sugar. This should remain delicious through at least 2025, though I remain skeptical from my experience as to how many uses one can put a wine like this through save for solo savoring. (Aug 2014)
Wine Spectator 92 points - Poised and elegant, this offers refined acidity deftly meshed with flavors of ripe green melon, papaya, grapefruit granita, Thai basil, white peach and lychee. A spicy, mineral-tinged undertow builds on the finish. Drink now through 2023.—A.N. (Sep 4 2013)
The Humbrecht family has made wine in Alsace, France since 1620 but began operating under its current name when Leonard Humbrecht married Genevieve Zind in 1959. The winery is situated in the heart of the Herrenweg Vineyard along the main road between Colmar and Turckheim. The wines are made by Leonard’s son, Olivier Humbrecht, Master of Wine. Olivier is a passionate advocate for wines from this region and the benefits of biodynamic and organic farming. All viticulture and vinification decisions are tailored to the belief that great wines are a reflection of place. The estate was certified organic in 1998 and received its biodynamic certification in 2002. Olivier has customized the biodynamic practices developed by Rudolph Steiner to suit the terroir at the estate. He restricts yields, relies on indigenous yeasts and ferments his wines at low temperatures on their lees in oak barrels for an extended period. Only handharvested estate fruit is used. The wines from this legendary estate are archetypal examples of terroir and varietal and considered amongst some of the best in the world.