This was maybe a tiny notch below the previous one while still outstanding: Amazing nose of lychees and even a bit of petrol. On the palate, lychees, starfruit, peaches and smoky minerality. Body feels a bit lighter than previously. The finish is forever.
Fan-freaking-tastic! Spice, lychee, roses and a hint of tropical fruit make this textbook Gewürztraminer. It has a subtle sweetness that only enhances the flavors, and adds more depth. This is truly outstanding, and drinking so well right now that I considered opening a second bottle. Just a wow wine tonight.
Vivid gold color, limestone and mineral aromas; oddly a slight licorice / anise smell and a spicy nose with a hint of sour musk. Very light mouthfeel, with a slightly bitter, acidic finish. Very dry. Fresh and distinctive, especially for a 2000 vintage. The high acidity pairs well with spicy Asian foods.
Excellent Gewurtz encore en grande forme. Très épicé au nez. La bouche est ronde, grasse mais presque sans sucrosité. D'une grande élégance et sûrement bon pour quelques années encore. Meilleur que la bouteille bue il y a un an. J'ai adoré!
Pale yelllow - translucent in color and in aromatics where it shows the pineapple, rose and spice of Gewurztraminer, but does not overwhelm. There's a discernable sweeetness, but not so much that the wine is sweet. It finishes dry but full and fresh. There's a persistent aftertaste that echoes the spicy elements. Quite delicious.
Amazing, intense floral nose of lychee and peaches. Thick, syrupy body that just oozes tropical fruit and sweetness yet manages to finish absolutely bone dry in true Trimbach fashion. I don't know how they do it (and Cuvee Frederic Emile is the same), having a wine that is so thick, concentrated and syrupy yet so unbelievably tight and mineral at the same time.
Deep, golden color, almost copper. Intense aroma of flowers and tropical fruit that fills the room once it's poured. Very thick, with massive legs. intense off dry to sweet taste of apricots, lychees and honey. Dries off towards the end. Amazing.
I served this in my wine course. Tropical fruit, especially the usual pineapple and lichee on the nose along with plenty of spice. The spice continues into the finish. Only a little bit of residual sugar.
Drank a glass on pop and pour then left the rest of the bottle in the fridge and came back to it three days later. This was good on the P&P but excellent after the air. It softened but retained the spicy honey flavor found on P&P and enhanced the long finish. Brought out wonderful elements of almonds and a touch of vanilla. Give it some air if you're able and you won't be disappointed.
Holy smokes! I'd echo cct's 6/7/2012 description - that's the same wine I tasted, related better than I could - but be more generous on the points. This was truly special IMO. And while I feared aged Gewurz might not please the assembled crowd of very casual wine drinkers, it was universally acclaimed - and it paired as perfectly as I'd hoped with the Mughal lamb roast in raisin-saffron-garam masala sauce (Shahi Raan, Julie Sahni's recipe).
Honey, lychee and roses. Nice perfume. Quite fresh and clean nose. Supple yet fresh with great balance and still tight on its feet. Rich yet lithe, bright and beautiful. A nice mix of fruit, acid, minerality and spice. This has turned the corner and has a beautiful mix of fruit and secondary character. Great texture and freshness, and quite long on the back end with more of the pungent gewurz spice rolling in. . Lovely and drinking at peak for me. Outstanding 91 pts
En format 375 ml. La couleur cuivrée et foncée montre qu'on a affaire à du "vécu" Le nez m'a semblé faire plus Riesling que Gewurz. Beaucoup sur les conifères et le romarin. En bouche, c'est gras, mais sec. Un vin riche avec un côté caramel et fruits séchés. L'acidité est presque complètement disparue, d'où un léger manque de fraîcheur, mais sinon, c'est une superbe bouteille qui démontre bien la capacité de ce cépage à vieillir en beauté. À boire.
Clear pale gold. The rich varietal sweetness of the nose carries through in flavor and mouth feel, but this wine is wonderfully dry and crisp, with pepper, herbal and spicy brown soil notes on the finish. Very satisfying, and a bargain to boot (available recently for $24).
Drinking beautifully, with a full, floral nose that makes you think sweet, but nearly completely dry on the finish. Very nice wine entering its prime; solid medium body makes it especially serviceable at the table with fish and chicken. Absent bottle damage, I have to differ with folks who say this wine is in decline. Rather, it's just coming into maturity.
Not as good as bottles from 4 years ago, but still a very nice wine that paired well with cheese and foie gras. Based on my earlier notes and some of the other tasting notes, seems likely it is in decline, so don't hold much longer.
Pleasant, developing still. Some of the sense of off-dry richness from earlier bottles is gone, leaving the wine more austere, but still quite fine, with buffering material that resolves to additional flavor complexity with air time.
EWG Celebrates Y2K (Conrad Green's Abode): This stood out strongly from the Chardonnays in flavors and structure. Weighty and sweet, rich with a thick midpalate. The nose shows ginger and pineapple with a strongly spicy palate. Lingers though it felt a bit clipped. This needs time would probably have drank a bit better in a different context. A better future is ahead for it.
Interesting wine. The nose reminded me of a Sauternes. On the palate, the wine showed off floral and honeyed notes. The body was full and unctuous. Paired with Thai food that I wished would have been a lot more spicy to bring out more of the spice and fruit characteristics of the wine. Still, this was a nice drink that seemed like it had many more good years left.
ArieS and pyang do Dallas: Tasted non blind at a wine dinner. Opened and served immediately. Light yellow color in the glass, clear hue throughout. Nose of orange foam, lychee and apricot. Flavors of apricot, peach and a hint of cherry fizz on the medium finish. Medium acidity, medium body. Drink now. 92+.
Honey, roses and lychee on the nose, with more spice coming in the back end. this has leaned up quite a bit in the last three years since I had it. Deceptively full bodied with great clarity and focus, with a spicy almost components that add to the fruit. For my palalte, while outstanding, this is somewhere between the fruity (not sweet fruit) exuberance of youth and the more smoky- savory- spicy aged gewurz, and I think it is a touch awkward in that sense. I will hold the rest of my blles a while to let them get through this phase. Still outstanding.
Very nice, typically Trimbach expression of the varietal and the terroir. Very nice, with florals, spice and honeyed fruits on the nose, especially apricot. In the mouth it is rich and has a great mouthfeel. Excellent fruit and spice. Very good length with nice complexity. Refrains from being cloying. I love the Trimbach style, so I am a bit biased in saying this, but it is a delicious bottle!
At PDF for BF 2.5 Session 1. This is a great wine that I first bought when Jean Trimbach was pouring at Max Marrinucci's Wine Connection, and then again when he was pouring at Zachy's a few years later. This wine is better than when I drank it 2-1/2 years ago. Apricot, Lychee nut and honey but the RS, accoring to Trimbach, is Zero. There is a bitterness in some gewurztraminer, and I generally prefer to Zind Humbrecht gewurz to the Trimbach, but that may simply have been lack of patience. I am very happy with where this wine is after 10 years. The bitterness at the back of the palate that you get in some Gewurztraminer in completely gone and the flavors have integrated into a smooth melange. Love it.
A luscious wine, with spectacular mouthfeel. Honey, peach, apricot and pear, with glycerine like mouthfeel, with a hint of citrus in the finish, long length, and just the right amount of acid. wonderful delicate nose, with floral elements and a hint of spice.
Slightly sweet nose showing strong acidity, rich, showing starfruit, citrus, light diesel and granite stones. Pear and citrus fruits early on, grapefruit and rind on the palate. Great finish with substantial length, acidic finish leaves lingering light green fruits and acid. Great stuff.
Best Gewurtz I've had. Pale straw color with orange tinge. This sang out of the gate. Beautiful nose, fresh flowers. Honey, apricot, lychee, almond taste. A nice salty, lemon and mineral aftertaste. Outstanding - would buy again.
Excellent gewurztraminer. Focused and well delineated with good acidity. Strong notes of lemon candy and kiwi. Long, complex finish. Very well balanced. Drinking beautifully now, but should last for a while.
This bottle wasn't as good as the last one I drank. The fruit was much more restrained, and that didn't leave much to love. This time the wine seemed austere, and tasted hot. It's still sorely lacking in acidity. Again, nice oily mouthfeel. I hope all that delicious fruit comes back in the next bottle I open.
Drank with Wes and Kenneth. We were really looking forward to thi (I was, anyway) and I think I was slightly disappointed. The wine was excellent, with an absolutely gorgeously complex tropical nose, and a very nice finish, but overall sorely lacking in acidity, which could have made it stellar. All in all I really enjoyed it, but I've had ones costing around half as much that gave the same amount of pleasure. I will allow that perhaps drank with food (I'd go with roasted or grilled pork with a fruit sauce), this wine would move into another level.
Tasting through some pinot: Golden clear color. Aromas of spiced, boiled pear and some more exotic fruits. Delicious, full-bodied fruit on the palate, giving a good spicy taste, and some white pepper and rubber on the finish. Great lenght and balance. Very good wine although I personally would have prefered the acidity to be a bit more clear cut.
Tasted January 8,m 2008. Opened and served immediately. Yellow color in the glass, clear hue throughout. Nose of oranges, honeysuckle and papaya. Flavors of peach, lychee and apricot. Medium acidity and body. Drink over the short to medium term.
Big, decadent mouthful of fruit that's incredibly pleasing, if not particularly complex. The wine is pretty sweet, and, frankly, it's flabby. I'm awarding points based on how just plain delicious this is, rather than how complex, or how elegant it is in some objective sense. I bought this bottle to serve with a mildly spicy curry that included pineapples and bananas, and it was a fantastic choice. And it's still really delicious after two days of vacu-vining in the fridge! Come to think of it, I'm gonna go buy more of this tomorrow.
Not sure about the 95+ ratings, but why quibble. This wine is drinking very well, better than the "professional" reviews would suggest. Those of you who love gewurzt know that it can sometimes be overly sweet without enough pizazz, but this one has lots of spice, honey, and rich lemony flavor that flows into a smooth finish that leaves you wanting more. Big yum!
At the Shun Lee West Cafe with dim sum before the opera. Stong aroma and palate full of Lychee nuts. Classic Gewurztraminer in that regard, but it did not have the spiciness that I normally get in a Gewurz. Other white fruits like pear, plus a but of apricot on the palate. I bought this at a tasting where Jean Trimbach was pouring and he said to me that the residual sugar in this wine is virtually zero, but it has a sweet taste to it because of the heavy fruit. The mouth feel was very smooth and velvety because of the limited spice component. The finish was a bit short but still acceptable. Color was moderate golden, not dark golden. Does not quite get the WOW required to reach 90 pts but still an excellent wine. I almost want to rate this 89.5 because it is real close.
appears heavy gold, apparent oiliness, smell late harvest aromas, deep sweet honey wafting with some slight floral resting on top, also some slight stone and metal notes, taste was quite different than what I expected based on the smell, not as sweet as expected, instead wonderful watery elements but with heavier texture, great flavor but not at all overpowering, some tart pear, the spice sneaks in and really comes in with force on the finish, the spice is beautiful stuff, picante, interesting, and takes on very herbal notes as the wine progresses (indeed the herbal notes in this wine reminded me of a very good gin), this was a beautiful soft wine with interesting edges, not at all deadening, I had it without food, which worked excellently, not sure what it would pair best with
This was the WOTN by a long shot, in a grouping that included 2004 Crawford Chardonnay, 2005 Conundrum, and 2004 Savenierres. Ludens cough drop at the outset, than honeysuckle, pineapple, and butterscotch as it warmed in the glass. No decanting. Lots of body in this wine, and plenty of room to grow.
Tasted June 14, 2007. Opened and served immediately. Yellow color in the glass, clear hue throughout. Floral nose with some aromas of honeysuckle, light spice notes, lychee and mango. Flavors of lychee, apricot and a bit of peach. Light to medium acidity, medium body. Balanced. Drink over the short to mid-term.
An excellent Alsatian! Had it at Frisson with Gaius and Sabrina— surprised to see a nearly 7 year old gewurtz on the menu, at a reasonable price ($55). My own experience with cellaring these wines is that they collapse after about 5 years. Aroma of spice and pineapple, a surprisingly crisp body but very, very sweet (Gaius approved!). Long honey finish with an interesting bitterness at the end.