2008 Trimbach Riesling Reserve (Elsewhere $32)
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.
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.
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
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)