The nose opens up towards white fruit aromatics (peach, yellow plum). The palate is ample, tight with great length. The finish is dry and shows a nervous structure.
Wine Advocate 87 points - While Zind-Humbrecht?s 2010 Pinot Blanc represents their usual blend from the Rotenberg with 70% Auxerrois, but is analytically distinct on account of acid retention by ripe fruit from that cepage. Why this does not translate into a greater sense of clarity or energy I am unsure, but the wine is certainly attractive and far from simple. Lime, mirabelle and apple are mingled with hints of bitter herbs and mushroom. The juiciness exhibited on a full (13.7% alcohol) palate doesn?t translate into as much finishing refreshment as I had anticipated. I would be inclined to drink this by 2015. (Aug 2014)
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, M.W. 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 hand-harvested 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.
|Wine maker notes
|2010 will probably be considered one of the most extreme vintages in recent years, as we went from -26°C before Christmas to an extremely hot July. 2010 will also be remembered as one of the smallest crop in Alsace for many years, with yields sometimes up to 70% smaller in some areas.