2003 Trimbach Clos Ste. Hune Riesling Alsace (Previously $145)

SKU #1045515 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Distinctly candied aroma of pineapple syrup. Silky on entry, then fairly dry but exotic in the middle palate, with a strong liquid stone flavor and some apparent alcohol. A powerful, dense wine that tastes a bit sweeter than its 8 grams of sugar despite its pronounced stony character. Conveys a strong impression of soil character. Trimbach notes that the wine began exotic, with limited complexity, but is much more minerally now. (ST)  (11/2006)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Petrol and crushed pine needle flavors lead the way in this elegant white, accenting floral, apricot, star fruit and honey notes. Hints of mushroom and smoke come into play as well, with fleshy acidity that bolsters it all. There's a tangy, tangerine- and spice-laced finish. (AN)  (11/2009)

Jancis Robinson

 Very ripe nose with hints of lime blossom. Quite open. Very big palate entry, just this side of oily with a beguiling hint of nuttiness. Lovely sprightly acidity - so much so that this wine was wonderfully refreshing even when tasted at room temperature - and big, broad and beefy. Tasted separately from the other wines in this range. Long but I would be surprised if this were the longest lasting Clos Ste Hune. There’s also a more marked astringency on the finish than most other vintages at this point, suggesting the grape skins were unusually thick. (JR)  (5/2009)

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- While the rest of the world has often misappropriated the name--Welchriesling, Riesling Italico, Gray Riesling and Emerald Riesling are all names applied to varieties that are NOT Riesling--this exceptional German varietal has managed to maintain its identity. Perhaps its biggest claims to fame are its intoxicating perfume, often described as having honeyed stone fruit, herb, apple and citrus notes, and its incredible longevity - the wines lasting for decades. Aged Rieslings often take on a distinctive and alluring Petrol-like aroma. Within Germany, the grape seems to do best in the warming slate soils of the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer. Other German regions that turn out great Rieslings include Pfalz, Rheingau and Nahe. German Rieslings are made in a range of ripeness levels. The top wines are assigned Prädikat levels to describe their ripeness at harvest. These are: Kabinett, Spätlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese, Eiswein and Trockenbeerenauslese. Riesling has also achieved acclaim in France's Alsace, the only region in that country where the grape is officially permitted. Alsatian Rieslings are typically dry and wonderfully aromatic. Austrian Riesling is also steadily gaining praise and fine Riesling is also produced in Italy's Alto-Adige and Friuli, in Slovenia and much of Central and Eastern Europe. In the New World its stronghold is Australia, where it does best in the Eden and Clare Valleys. It is also planted in smaller amounts in New Zealand. In the US, winemakers are eschewing the syrupy sweet versions of the 1970s and 1980s, instead making elegant and balanced wines in both California and Washington State.


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