2004 Trimbach "Cuvée Frédéric Emile" Riesling (Previously $50)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Pale, green-tinged color. Exotic pineapple and coconut notes are in harmony with steelier citrus peel and white flower aromas. Pungent, minerally and intense, with superb stony cut to the flavors of pink grapefruit and pineapple. Finishes with a whiplash of citrus flavor that mounts subtly and really stains the palate. This one in particular showed an aroma of bouillon blanc, notes Pierre, but that quality may be fading now. Superb riesling.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Grapefruit zest, chalk dust, truffle, sassafras and must inform the nose of the 2004 Riesling Cuvee Frederic Emile. Overtly chalky and palpably extract-rich, with illusive floral inner-mouth aromas, this penetrates with almost severe intensity, leaving the palate saturated with citrus and minerals and, frankly, a bit wrung-out. Don't look for this wine to rebound for another couple of years –in fact, don't look for it at all until 2009, when it will be released.
Peat smoke and forest floor notes accent the dried apricot, candied orange peel, sea salt and star fruit flavors, followed by a modest finish. This well-integrated, elegant wine is just beginning to show some age, but the firm acidity suggests many more years to come. Drink now through 2020.