Beautiful golden color, faint floral nose, on the palate lots of juicy green fruit balanced with acid - a touch of sweetness, again well balanced. Great viscosity. Fantastic! So this should not be confused with a dry wine, but it is also definitely not a dessert wine. Au contraire, this would be great to start a dinner, not just as an aperatif but also with light appetizers or salad. Tonight I'm having it with beef stew. Drinking well, in its prime.
Just as good on day two, if not better. The fruit is still forward, but the acid is more pressing, along with a faint (pleasant) bitter note that was observed by a previous reviewer. No longer sweet.
Deep gold, hints of green. Nose of ripe pineapple and apricots. Tons of warm apricot, honey, smoke and spiciness. Quite thick and a bit oily. Definitely still carrying some obvious sweetness too. Enough acidity to keep some freshness though not very piercing. Long. Good with wild deer rillettes. PS Far from finished, tons of life ahead.
2 '01 Pinot Gris from Zind-Humbrecht; 3/8/2009-3/9/2009: From a 375ml. Indice 2 Deep gold color. Nose of pears, almonds. On the palate some citrus, fresh unriped almonds, pronounced caramel. This is quite dry with multiple layers of complexity going on. Nice acidity and an extra long finish with again a plaisant bitterness.
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(Zind Humbrecht Pinot Gris Heimbourg) Indice 4. This has a vibrant straw-gold hue which is promising, and the nose is also very pleasing, offering up lots of Pinot Gris character, which I find always gives a rich melange of tropical fruit aromas when nicely ripe. This has little notes of crispy bacon fat too. The immediate impression on the palate is that the intensity of flavour does not quite match the plump texture, which gives the wine a hollow note, but through the midpalate the wine opens out and reveals more mineral, perfumed and floral fruit which sits quite nicely on the plump cushion of residual sugar. I would prefer a little more firm acidity, but I cannot deny this is good wine, especially with the flourish of flavour present on the finish. A bargain, too, at just over a tenner a bottle.
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