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Reviewed by David Schildknecht for Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate in 2010:
”For me, Gewurztraminer is a powerful wine,:” says Olivier Humbrecht, “and 2007 is well-adapted to this grape,” a comment one might want to ponder while tasting his 2007 Gewurztraminer Hengst with its 15.8% alcohol (considerably less, granted, than the 2005) and still 26 grams of residual sugar. Asked why he harvested this almost at the end, Humbrecht replied “It was just developing nicely; beautiful botrytis; and it was the first time in the history of the estate when we had the possibility to think ‘let’s maybe try to do selections in the Hengst for once,’ which we also did.” Smoked meat, brown spices, and resinous herbs play the leading roles here right from the start; and the aromatic pungency translates into a voluminous and impressively expansive as well as gripping palate. There’s a certain amount of heat here, but the alcohol also accentuates the wine’s low-toned, bitter herbal and smoky character. And my gums got numb, even with the sizzling intensity of cinnamon stick and ginger in the finish. Whether this will ever refine itself I won’t speculate, but if you cellar it do so warily.
Well, some people have cellared it and are loving it in 2017. There are several effusive notes in French on Cellartracker, plus a couple in English:
5/29/2017 – gtilley wrote:
Still going strong – heady and intense, showing some developed honeycomb and biscuit characteristics but still presenting as lush and youthful. In excellent balance.
5/28/2017 – depechemoroder Likes this wine: 92 Points
Heady with extremely ripe lychee and passionfruit. It’s like walking into a florist on the nose. Big and rich with plenty of fat on its broad shoulders. Alcohol is occasionally robust, but everything is in such perfect balance. Neverending finish. Stunning with cheese.
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