Domaine Zind Humbrecht, Clos Windsbuhl Riesling
Origin: Clos Windsbuhl, Alsace, France
From the Producer:
Faithfull to its status of late ripening vineyard, the Clos Windsbuhl was the last harvested Riesling in 2012 ... the 2012 harvest was mostly healthy but some noble rot was present on the grapes in a small quantity (less than 10%). It certainly explains for the very lazy fermentation of this wine. The very high acidity in this vintage also created a more difficult environment for the yeasts. As much as this kind of fermentation can be dangerous for grapes like Gewurztraminer or Pinot-Gris, it seems that Riesling has no problem at all.
Tasting Notes: open and very expressive with lots of fruit aromas. Without really being very active during this extra year on lees, the wine really acquired another dimension now. The acidity feels ripe and agreeable. The slight mid-palate roundness is well delimited by the classic Windsbuhl structure. The finish leaves an incredible sensation of youth.
Optimum drinking period: 2016-2037+