F.E. Trimbach, Cuvee Frederic Emile, Riesling, AOC Alsace, Grand Est, France, 2005
This wine: lot No. L95511X21 (on the capsule), varietal riesling, coated natural cork closure stained to, and soft, for 4mm, 13% abv, Ann et Vin, £42 (07/15)
Consumer tasting note: a golden hued dry riesling, with a little over a decade of age; showing typical aromas of lime and an edge of petrol, with graceful ageing appearing as crushed hazelnut, honey, caramel, toffee and baked apple; medium bodied with palate cleansing acidity and flavours of caramelised apple edged with lime, a little nutty and confected, then creamed apple puree, with a touch of richer riper stone fruit on the end. Finishes long.
Drink now – RTD, but will keep – Wait. Decant for 45 minutes.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity gold, showing tears.
Nose: clean, pronounced intensity, fully developed, with aromas as they come, of lime zest with an edge of petrol, a touch honeyed, stewed apple, a waxy nuance, a confected note as in sugary confectionery, crushed hazelnut, baked lightly caramelised apple, a hint of light toffee, creamed (lactic) apple puree [on day 2, the nose becomes very honeyed along with dried peach and pineapple, all follow into the mid-palate].
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, medium alcohol, medium body, medium (+) intensity, a low-key grip, with flavours of bruised and stewed lightly caramelised apple edged with lime and a light touch of petrol, grilled grapefruit, a hint of nuts, a light note of confection, creamed (lactic) stewed apple, and an indistinct richer edge of ripe stone fruit on the end. A long length with a fresh clean finish of citrus-edged creamed apple, with a low-key grip.
Quality: very good, perfectly balanced acidity with alcohol, showing on average a quite strong intensity throughout, with slightly lesser concentration; undoubtedly a riesling (lime, petrol), showing a well-developed, mainly tertiary profile, with an oxidative dimension (bruised apple, caramel, toffee), and having seen fermentation and/or ageing in old neutral oak (the grip) and MLF/lees ageing (lactic cream and grip), of better than moderate but not a high level of complexity, following into a sound long length.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing, but will keep for 5 years plus – a sound acid structure and balance, not hugely complex, but with strong intensity, much better than average concentration, and a long length, nevertheless it is fully developed.