Trimbach Réserve Riesling 2011
The “Réserve” quality is the result of a rigorous selection of fully-ripe grapes from the Ribeauvillé region. It defines a structured, balanced wine, which is both fruity and subtle. This elegant Riesling, dry and precise, is a worthy accompaniment to a wide variety of dishes. It pairs well with sauerkraut, fish (fried, grilled, smoked, in a sauce, raw…), and white meats.
Wine EnthusiastAs the wine ages, it shows a soft, toasty and nutty side that adds complexity to the tight fruitiness that remains. It's a wine in transition, still fresh while adding some concentration, broadening the steely texture and giving hints of the serious wine it will be. Drink from 2018.
Wine SpectatorA dry and focused white, showing concentration without excess weight, with flavors of poached apple, lanolin, lemon preserves and aromatic pine forest, underscored by a streak of salinity that builds on the clean finish. Drink now through 2024. 4,400 cases made.
Wine AdvocateFrom 90% estate fruit (and the rest from extended family holdings) in Hunawihr, Ribeauville and Bergheim, the Trimbach 2011 Riesling Reserve projects juicy apple laced with lemon rind and suffused with chalk and alkali, the latter joined by struck-flint and sage pungency in the attention-getting and in a positive sense reductive nose. The palate pungency of green herbs and citrus zest makes for enormous invigoration, allied to persistent juiciness and a finish of focus and grip. It's unfortunate that this bottling - the 2011 was only released in late 2013 - does not often show up on American shores. It should satisfy through at least 2017.