Domaine Zind Humbrecht, Riesling 2012, Alsace

Domaine Zind Humbrecht, Riesling 2012. They make great wines in Alsace, with Riesling been the star ⭐️🍷 #whereisthewhitewineemoji

I bought this bottle (3, actually) when I just had moved out from The Netherlands, a long time ago. Has been in my cellar since I moved in to Atlanta-GA and Seattle-WA. And I don’t know why I didn’t open before. Lucky me for that!

They know what they are doing. Like a magic portion, they choose their grapes to delight your senses, picking grapes from different vineyards.

Domaine Zind Humbrecht, Riesling 2012, is a wine made with grapes from Biodynamic Agriculture Certified by Ecocert (*3), BIODYVIN (*1) and AB, Agriculture Biologic (*2).

This is not a young wine but freshness and vibrancy is there for out pleasure.
It has become a serious wine. Time did well.

According to Zind Humbrecht Winery, 2012 is characterized by pure, elegant wines with much less alcohol than usual, good ripe acidities and which finished fermenting mostly dry for varieties like Riesling.

This is not an expensive wine and yet, gives you a luxurious wine experience.
And this is why:

Winegrowing is a tradition in the Humbrecht family that has been passed down from father to son since 1620.

Domaine Zind Humbrecht was created in 1959 when the Humbrecht family vineyards in Gueberschwihr and the Zind family vineyards in Wintzenheim was combined together. Prior to 1959, both families produced and sold their wines under their names.

After so many years’ experience with these terroirs, they are able to assign the different Alsatian grape varieties to its specific soils and mesoclimates, respecting the specificity of each cru. This also explains the complexity of the composition of grape varieties and the diversity of wine styles possible within a commune.

Most of the Riesling grapes for this wine n 2012, was from the Herrenweg vineyard. Starting with the younger vines, and keeping only the oldest vines for the vineyard designated wine. There are also some grapes from limestone vineyards. All grapes showed exceptional physiological ripeness in 2012, but curiously, even on the early ripening valley floors, we did not reach high sugar levels. After a fast fermentation, the wine fermented bone dry. The skin ripeness and the origin of the grapes explain the intensity on the nose in this wine.

You can read some of that and much more about Zind Humbrecht wine at www.zindhumbrecht.fr

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*1 “Created in 1995, Biodyvin is a group of 192 winegrowers in France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Switzerland and Spain. Only properties that are farmed entirely biodynamically, or those that have committed to full conversion after three years, are accepted.
In 1998, the members judged it essential to define the fundamental principles that members must adhere to in order to be able to describe itself as a biodynamic operator.
A set of specifications for viticulture and vinification was established. All members must adhere to this criteria.

*2 “The certification of organic operators is a voluntary process. It is open to all operators whose production, preparation, distribution and import activities are in the scope of European and French organic regulations. Control Union Inspections France (CUIF) is approved by the National Institute of Origin and quality (INAO), to certify operators based in France – EU Regulation of Organic Production and additional AB regulations.”

*3 “Ecocert provides certification for 150+ standards in the food, farming, forestry, textiles, cosmetics and eco-products sectors worldwide. These highly respected and well recognized certifications result in better practices and marketplace recognition. Certification is a rigorous process that consists of an independent and impartial certification body assessing the conformity of a product, service or system with environmental and social requirements specified in a standard. At the end of the certification process, Ecocert issues a decision and when positive, delivers a written assurance called a certificate.”

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