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    Trimbach Cuvee Frederic Emile Riesling 2005
    Riesling - Alsace, France


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    Professional Ratings: 93 The Wine Advocate, 91 International Wine Cellar, 90 Wine Spectator

    Region: Alsace, France

    Varietal: Riesling

    Style: Fruity & Smooth

    Item no. 94226

    Winemaker's Notes:

    The 1990 vintage of this wine was ranked #10 on the Wine Spectator's Top 10 Wines of 1995

    Deep golden, vibrant and reflective. Lush ripe white peaches with a hint of beeswax honey. Dense and intense flavors of burnt orange peel, lemon zest, and stone fruits with subtle elements of minerality and honeycomb.

    Critical Acclaim:

    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. Chalk dust, sea breeze and lime in the nose of their 2004 Riesling Reserve set the rather austere tone for this densely-concentrated wine. A hint of muskiness signals an exotic aspect that runs right though a minerally-intense finish that really shows the wines ripe but ultra-bright acidity. This (like some of the other 2004s) appears to already be in the process of shutting down a bit, leading me to wonder whether it might hit the market while in a vinous trough.

    93 Points
    The Wine Advocate

    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.

    91 Points
    International Wine Cellar

    Hints of petrol and smoke on the nose mix with subtle flavors of Gala apple and white peach on the palate. A dry, tangy white, with fine length and a briny finish. Drink now through 2015. 4,000 cases made.

    90 Points
    Wine Spectator
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