Gregory Dal Piaz

Location: New York, NY

Top Alsace Pinot Gris tasted 10/13

2. Domaine Zind-Humbrecht Alsace Pinot Gris Calcaire (2010)

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Floral, meaty and spicy on the nose with a real deep base of savory butcher’s wax, green plum jam, and melon notes topped with hints of pineapple and white pepper. Green and tart on entry, then this quietly gains abit of balancing sweetness in the mouth with a pithy citrus note framing the core of green plummy fruit. There’s an interesting woody pineapple note here, like when you eat some of the peel with your pineapple, all presented against a fine backdrop of rather salty minerality and a hint of treacle. The finish is rather dry and very fresh and precise, with excellent length and late arriving echoes of tart green fruits and pineapple. A bit on the robust side but very good. 90pts
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