2008 Trimbach Riesling Reserve (Elsewhere $32)

SKU #1064636 92 points Wine Spectator

 Top 100 Wines of 2010: A medium-bodied Riesling, structured with firm acidity and closely knit flavors of lemon peel, Granny Smith apple, lemongrass and stone. Shows good intensity, but in a well-honed package, with a lingering, smoky finish. Needs time in the cellar. Drink now through 2030.  (11/2010)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Lemon oil with fusil and smoky accents pungently scent the Trimbach 2008 Riesling Reserve, which shares with its lower-rung “classic” sibling a palpable sense of high extract and a piquant and slightly austere expression of things herbal and mineral as well as stimulating cut and brightness. There is an exhilarating refreshment and the promise of sufficient stamina to be worth following for at least ten or a dozen years.  (5/2011)

89 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Pale bright yellow. Subtle aromas of lemon zest, crushed stone and quinine, plus a suggestion of vanilla. Densely packed and extremely unforthcoming today, with spicy acidity and a strong dusty stone quality giving a youthful austerity to this very dry riesling. Smooth but uncompromising wine, conveying strong soil tones. An impressive successor to the superb 2007. 89(+?) points  (12/2010)

K&L Notes

The 2008 Riesling Reserve has finally really started to open up and show what Alsatian Riesling is all about. Nicely perfumed with bright citrus, apple, a touch of the classic petrol and rich tropical notes. Nicely stretched out on the palate with layers of secondary character and a subtle lanolin texture which only adds to the lengthy finish, which is juicy and dry. (Eric Story, K&L Alsatian wine buyer)

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Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/5/2011 | Send Email
Trimbach’s “Reserve” bottling is consummate Alsatian styled Riesling. It has great tone and minerality and is packed with brined apple flavors and crunchy pear notes. The “Reserve” has more length and finish than the regular bottling and for a subtle price difference; it is worth going that extra 3 bucks!

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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.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.


- A region and appellation in France that has been a part of both France and Germany throughout history. Geologically isolated from both countries, Alsace has also maintained much of its own culture and wine tradition, while also being influenced by the traditions of both countries. Alsatian wine is easily recognized by it traditional tall bottles. Alsatian wine makers produce a unique style of varietal wine, 90 percent of which is white.