Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Riesling, a Step Up

There was a small, post-birthday dinner for a friend Sunday evening with three wines.  Two of them are nearly gone from my memory because a bottle of 2006 Trimbach Cuvee Frederic Emile Riesling pushed them from consciousness.  I purchased three bottles about a year ago on a closeout sale and had yet to try one. 

The wine had a medium gold color in the glass and an initial bit of sulfur in the aroma.  Once the sulfur was gone there were aromas of honeysuckle and fall meadows full of dry grass and autumn flowers.  Mosel Rieslings tend to remind me of spring, but this Alsatian was all about the autumn.  The flavors tended toward apricots, nectarines and peaches and a bit of dried leaves from those trees.  The initial feeling was of sweetness, but that soon faded more to ripeness without sugar.  The finish was very dry and very long.

It was paired with toasted baguette slices with olive tapenade.  Very good together.

Beautiful wine.

2006 Trimbach Cuvee Frederic Emile Riesling.  13% alcohol and $50.

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