2004 Trimbach "Cuvée Frédéric Emile" Riesling

SKU #1064638 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2004 Riesling Frederic Emile needs time to open up; it is very intense and concentrated with spicy minerals, great purity and lemon flavors. Intense, round and mineral on the palate, this is a very fresh and mineral dry Riesling with structure and lots of salt, great purity, and with more finesse and purity than the corresponding Clos Ste Hune. The finish is long, fresh and very salty and reveals a lot of grip. Great wine. (SR)  (10/2015)

93 points 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. (ST)  (12/2006)

92 points Wine Spectator

 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. (AN)  (11/2009)

91 points Vinous

 (12.8% alcohol; 8.2 g/l total acidity; 3.04 pH; 6 g/l residual sugar): Pale straw-green. Delicate nose offers notes of fresh herbs (oregano, rosemary), green apple, lime and pear, with the green edge increasing with aeration. Then richer and fresher on the palate, showing lovely balance and precise minerality to the rich apple and apricot flavors. This struck me as much more complex and interesting on the palate than the on nose. Finishes long and clean, with a hint of peppery herbs. (ID)  (9/2013)

Jancis Robinson

 Very attractive nose – exciting, lots of racy stuff. Very pure and lively and energetic. Round and complex. Will be released late 2008. Zesty and interesting but a bit austere still – even though they are going to release it before the Clos Ste Hune. (JR) 18/20 points  (5/2009)

K&L Notes

92 Points, David Schildknecht in The 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. The 2005 will almost certainly continue to taste better younger." (02/2008)

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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.
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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.
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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.