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Alsace has the highest concentration of Michelin-starred restaurants in France. And its wines are more than a match for its most brilliant cuisine. Indeed, Alsace is an aromatic white wine lovers' paradise.

 
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2012 Trimbach Riesling 2012 Trimbach Riesling
Riesling gets a bit of a bad rap. A whole lot of folks think they can't enjoy Riesling on account of 'it's tooooo sweet' (or somesuch). Well, if you find yourself in that camp and you enjoy a bit of a challenge (or if you just plain enjoy clean, compelling and flavorful dry white wine), this may be the item. Trimbach Riesling is a standard bearer among fine dry Riesling wines produced on the planet. Yes, dry! Bone dry! Totally and unapologetically so. This is the way the Trimbach family prefer it. And they've been producing Alsace wines for almost four centuries, long enough to make up their minds over the matter. And Trimbach Riesling is a proven winner of a wine right here in beautiful downtown Austin, Texas. Pure aristocratic and floral Riesling aromas suggestive of lemon peel (like the color of the label), linden flower, apricot, peach and pulverized stone; firm and dry on the tongue with a focused and penetrating flavor that then spreads out resplendent and refreshing across the tongue, leaving the entire mouth just watering away and waiting for more. C'mon downtown, grab a bottle or two of this stuff and get yourself right with Riesling!
$17.50 the bottle  $178.56 the case

2005 Trimbach Riesling Cuvee Frederic Emile 2005 Trimbach Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Émile

The 2005 Riesling Cuvee Frederic Emile follows the lead of the "reserve" bottling in offering palpable extract yet elegance and refinement. Peach, apricot, apricot kernel, lime, and pungent floral notes in the nose lead to a juicy mouthful of citrus and pit fruit with further invigoration added by accents of salt, huckleberry and toasted pumpkin seeds. Blazingly bright in its citricity and palate-staining in its fruit, nut, and mineral intensity, this displays an amazing tiny-berry concentration and utmost clarity when one considers its having been rained on early in October – tribute to an impeccable viticultural regime as well as the breezy location (on the Osterberg) of these vines. It won’t be released until 2010, by which time it can be expected to have "shut down" and re-opened, as well as – I hasten to add – to promise further richness and complexity over the following 12-15 years. Rated 93. ‑ David Schildknecht, Robert M. Parker, Jr.'s The Wine Advocate Issue 175, February 2008

Pale color. Complex nose combines dusty stone, quinine and lime blossom, with a note of white grapefruit emerging with aeration. Began quite tight and citric, but with time in the glass this showed a creamy texture without any loss of inner-palate energy. Almost painfully brisk on the finish. I'd expect a wine like this to go into a shell within the next year or so. Rated 91(+?). ‑ Stephen Tanzer, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar July/August 2007

$60.00 the bottle  $612.00 the case


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