2007 Trimbach Riesling

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91 points and one of the Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2009: "This subtle Riesling offers a finely woven mix of white peach and crushed pine needle flavors, with hints of brine and smoke. There's racy acidity, but it's well-meshed, and a mineral note lingers on the delicate finish. Drink now through 2015." (11/09) According to Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Nov/Dec 08: "Pure, subdued aromas of citrus peel, flowers and menthol. Pure and intense for this basic-level riesling, with good grip to the very dry flavors of white peach, lemon, flowers and minerals. (Come to think of it, the 2005 version was quite successful too, given that this wine is mostly from purchased grapes.) Finishes with good length and focus. This is 12.5% alcohol with a relatively elevated 7.9 grams of acidity, which Trimbach says is the highest of all his '07 bottlings except for the pinot gris SGN." And from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The Trimbach 2007 Riesling – from purchased fruit – boasts unusually high (7.9 grams) acidity that translates into positive brightness of lemon and pineapple, and finishes with invigorating and lasting suggestions of citrus rind bittersweetness, tingling pineapple, and chalk dust." (04/10)

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 By: GZ |  Review Date: 9/19/2011 
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A lovely Alsatian Riesling with layers of flavors, crisp acidity, and a long finish. Delicious!

 By: Sonny G |  Review Date: 11/10/2010 
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Clear, day bright, extremely pale yellow...nose is fairly complex but still subtle (like a high quality perfume); some white fruit (I cant decide if it's peach or pear, or both?) perhaps a bit of apple, a pleasant and aromatic green quality (Christmas tree?), stones, and a delicate floral note...

The palate is dry and as complex as the nose; tangy citrus notes, some pear, some peach, chalky/stony monerals, something green and bitter that I want to call arugula...actidity is high, but more refreshing and crisp than cloying...

The finish is crisp; notes of pineapple, flowers, lemon zest, a delicate smoky "incensey" note, and a chalky minerality that reminds me of champagne...

I cant say enough good things about this wine, not only is acessible and approachable, but it also seems to be very well made...

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Varietal:

Riesling

- 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.
Country:

France

- 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.
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Alsace

- 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.