Zind Humbrecht 2011 Riesling Terroir d'Alsace 750ml
Olivier Humbrecht’s 2011 Riesling Terroir d’Alsace is sourced primarily from sites that previously informed a Turckheim bottling, though also from the Herrenweg, and is finished with the five grams of residual sugar that he is treating as the maximum for his Terroir cuvee, one he wants his customers and consumers to associate with a top-notch, dry-tasting Alsace Riesling. Fresh lime, cassis, and redcurrant – wreathed in iris and musky narcissus perfume – dominate with a bright juiciness, zest and tang by no means to be taken for granted in this vintage. This is firm in feel but by not austere. Hints of kirsch and pistachio extract add to the appeal of a lingering finish of cut, refreshment and positive piquancy. While meant to be enjoyed young, I have every confidence in this bottling’s ability to delight through at least 2020.