Domaine Zind Humbrecht is a name any lover of Alsatian whites should know - especially if you crave the exotic embrace of gewürztraminer. For these opulent beauties, Zind Humbrecht is the best, as evidenced by the 2006 Wintzenheim now on discount for $24.99 in Pennsylvania's online store. But Zind Humbrecht is also a master of Alsatian riesling, considerably drier than its German counterpart, but equally intriguing. Zind's Clos Häuserer 2007, now on 50 percent discount for $29.99, is a perfect example of that.
Made from nearly 40-year-old biodynamically farmed vines, this elegant, deeply golden wine has lush peachy fruits and flowers on the nose, but is cuttingly dry and complex on the tongue, with a citrusy brightness and mineral finish that just carries and carries with surprising creaminess.
About 130 cases still remain in the Philadelphia area, but should be appearing shortly on tables-in-the-know at the region's better BYOBs.
- Craig LaBan
Domaine Zind Humbrecht Riesling Clos Häuserer 2007, $29.99 (code: 32065) at select Pennsylvania wine stores.