Dashed back from Rochester & Strood by-election fighting the UKIP loony fringe, grabbed a Chinese and another bottle of Hommage from my cellar - still showing magnificently. Ripe, exotic fruit - pineapple, melon, physalis; viscous, tongue coating with minerality and balancing acidity. Off-dry. Excellent length. Drink over the next couple of years while at peak.
A Labor of Love (and wine and beer) (Our home): Very nice showing. This is a deep gold color which had me worried, but there is still plenty of life here. I assume it drank differently in its youth. It reminds me of what would be a totally dry sauternes. Oranges, a bit of honey with a slightly bitter orange peel on the finish. Fun wine, food friendly.
60th Birthday at home with 15 guests and superb caterer (Kalm Kitchen) - wines from my cellar. Limited note taking. 4 bottles opened 90 minutes before consumption, served from bottle. Very popular with my guests and showing as per earlier notes and accompanying the smoked duck fowl starter perfectly. Start drinking up, as I reckon approaching the end of its plateau. Still superb.
Light golden. Started with nice orange fruit but finishes with a weird musty, bitter taste that is awful. Looking at the notes on this, I strongly suspect that a high percentage of bottles brought into the San Francisco Bay Area several years ago were flawed with cork defects of one sort or another. This one had a strange bluish discoloration of the business end of the cork. One can only hope that the importer did not knowingly distribute tainted wine. These bottles had labels that did not include the picture of Madame Trimbach as the original release did.
Stunning. Pulled cork fifteen minutes before pouring. Aroma of aromatic melon, peach. Initial immediate impression of quite a sweet wine - then in comes the capsicum and acid that gives a real dynamic edge to this full viscous nectar now clearly just off-dry. The minerality that the whole is encased in just adds to the enjoyment and complexity of this masterpiece. Accompanied our Barbary duck to perfection. The intensity of this wine is further enhanced by serving a couple of degrees below cellar temperature. Three years to drink my remaining 23 bottles at this level.
My experience mirrors zscheiner's. Very muted nose. On the palate, grapefruit pith, some sweet fruit, and an element of soggy newspaper. The wine perked up a bit when served with sweet/sour vegetables but still quite disappointing. Cork was soaked through and spongy.
A lovely golden color. Nose of honey, flowers and pears. Fairly sweet but not disturbingly so, very good acidity nicely in balance with fruit and wine's other elements, medium bodied with hints of minerality, nicely ripened pears, sweet apples & honey. A very nice wine
A real treat and unbelievable qpr at 25 bucks. Gorgeous honey, poached pear, baked apple, candied almond aspect, but really only semi-sweet. Not a straight desert wine. Went just wonderfully with some lightly spiced Indian fare.
Exceptionnel vin blanc d'une telle concentration et presque botrytisé à la manière d'un Sauternes, mais sans le sucre résiduel important. En fait il donne l'impression d'en avoir à peine. Pomme mûre, poire et même abricot en plus d'une touche de miel, ce vin équilibré est une merveille qui ne coûtait que 35$ au Courrier Vinicole. Il en vaut au moins le triple...
Went back and forth over two days as to whether this was corked, ultimately landed on yes, lightly. Golden color, spicy, gingery nose along with faint wet cardboard. Not very expressive aromatically. Some residual sugar, yellow apple and pear, more gingery spice. Drinkable, but surely not all it should be.
Kleur: Goudgeel Aroma / bouquet: Verfijnd en klassiek aroma, zoet tropisch fruit, perzik, ananas, muskaatdruiven. Honing, kaneel en zoethout. Smaak / Afdronk: Na het zoete bouquet toont deze wijn een sublieme balans tussen zoet en zuur. Zoete indrukken in een prachtige balans met frisse zuren. Rijke en complexe wijn met een zoete indruk, niet vermoeiend, zeer drinkbaar. Algemeen / potentieel: Prachtige, rijke wijn. 50 + Kleur: 5 + Aroma / bouquet: 11 + Smaak / Afdronk: 17 + Algemeen / potentieel: 8 = 91/100
Color: Golden yellow Aroma / bouquet: Sophisticated and classic aroma, sweet tropical fruit, peach, pineapple, muscat grapes. Honey, cinnamon and licorice Taste / Finish:. After the sweet bouquet this wine shows a sublime balance between sweet and sour. Sweet impressions in a wonderful balance with fresh acidity. Rich and complex wine with a sweet impression, not tiring, very drinkable. General / potential: Beautiful, rich wine. 50 + Color: 5 + Aroma / bouquet: 11 + Taste / Finish: 17 + General / potential: 8 = 91/100
Rum raisin, Alsatian latex/Bandaid, ginger a bit. Feels lean and thin on the midpalate (I wouldn't be surprised if this were typical for late harvest Pinot Gris). The sweet violet on the nose reminds me of Chenin Blanc based dessert wines, except the generous fleshy midpalate just isn't there. Needs to be served cold (57 F or lower) enough to feel poised.
I served this in my wine course again. Considerably less complexity than the previous year, but still very enjoyable. Mostly appricot in the nose and peach in the finish. Residual sugar is obvious but in balance with the level of fruit and alcohol.
Wow do I love this wine. It's in the right moment of its development for my palate. Great sweetness and texture without feeling like a dessert. Perfect acid lift. Nice combination of honeyed fruits and citrus. My white of the year for sure.
This delivers notes of canned nectarine, apricot, lychee, creme brulee, baked apple, a touch of Riesling petrol, and also possibly musk, and at one point I also got a note of cognac. It has an oily mouthfeel, and is sweet like a Riesling but not thick or full in the mouth like a Sauternes. As one taster noted below, it's difficult to get a handle on a non-dessert wine that shows this degree of sweetness.
Just a Friday with buddies (Austin, TX): Lovely nose of pear, apricot, organge peel, honey, and spice. On the palate, baked apple, pear, honey, apricot, white peach, spice. Finishes with great lift, nice acidity balancing the obvious sweetness of the wine. Drink or continue to hold.
This wine is well-made, has a great nose, mouthfeel, taste, and a long finish. Deep yellow / orange in color. Flavors of apricot, musk melon and honey. I don't know what to make of sweet non-dessert wines but this is tasty.
This wine is ridiculously good. The nose reveals honeycomb and apricots. The palate is medium to full with lychee, some caramel notes, pear and baking spices. As it warms up it reveals some honey and apricot notes. Delicious, long finish with mouth watering acidic. Loved it.
Was a bit dull and syrupy the first night with the slight cloying texture overshadowing the fruit and complexity. Pumped and stored in the fridge. By day three it was much fresher, drinking more like a medium-weight, off-dry spatlese with beautiful fruit and complexity shining through in the form of creamy pears, honeysuckle, crushed slate minerality and a touch of petrol. Should last for years. 91+
(Follow-up: found this in the fridge after two weeks away and it has improved considerably. Now getting secondary notes of root vegetable, burnt caramel, honeydew melon, Cointreau, and fennel. Thick and viscous but with ample lift, this is drinking like a off-dry auslese ripeness. Outstanding. 92+)
Lovely & unusual off dry spatlese-like Pinot Gris. Impressive floral, honeyed nose w/ hints of tropical fruit and pear that is revealed on the palate. Decent acidity to support the sweetness, but could have been a bit brighter IMO.
I served this in my wine course. By far the best of the Trimbachs for the evening. Spicy nose, full weight on the mid palate with lots of apricot, pear and spice. Long finish. A bit of residual sugar, but doesn’t come across as sweet at this age. Outstanding.
Fresh and vibrant aromas of white flowers, peach, melon, and a little honey. Great intensity of tropical fruit and honeycomb on the medium to full body. Silky smooth mouthfeel with great acidity. Still has plenty of time to go.
The aromatics are outrageously complex and varied, showing notes of dried tropical fruit, petrol, forest floor/mushroom, white flowers, and apple/cinnamon. The palate follows in fashion, opening with ripe caramelized apples and savory spiced honey. The mid-palate acts as an extension of the front end, while also adding an interesting fresh bees wax element. The wine finishes long with persistent and vivid tones of almond butter, chalk, pine sap, and dried fruit. The wine expertly balances a lush palate with refreshing acidity, creating fantastic tension on the palate. This is a very well made wine with great fruit and elegant complexity. It is singing right now, however, it should continue to improve with more time in the bottle. R&M 90
Wow! This is really good juice. Aromas of white peaches, melon, and floral aspects. Very luscious and juicy on the palate with melon, orange peel, and a little lemon lime. Medium to full body. Amazing acidity and length of finish. Tastes very young right now. May see it's 20th birthday.
Probably my best textural experience with a white wine. Full bodied, rich and mouth watering, yet so light and oily it almost floats over the tastebuds. Perfect balance of sweetness and freshness. Reminds me of a semi-dry Vouvray based on the fruit profile of freshly cut apples, pears and a touch of honey. Great aromatics. Beautiful amber color. Drinks beautifully right now. A little more complexity and this would have been stunning.
Rich and tropical, lots of RS and still good acidity. Warm, gold color, texture is very oily (coats the glass beautifully). A very nice balance of mineral versus fruit, nice medium finish. Drank 3/4 of the bottle and put it way for consumption the next day (will report back any significant developments). I'm not very familiar with Alsatian Pinot Gris, but I feel that this particular wine can lay down for another five years easy and probably continue to evolve and refine further. My next bottle is scheduled to drink in 2013. A good buy from Last Call Wines at $36.
Asher's Birthday Bash - The Big 4-0 (Rothmann's Steakhouse, New York): Fernando brought this wine. Unique wine. Deep golden with a brownish hue. Honey, acacia flowers, almonds and exotic fruit aromas. Sweet, honeyed texture, quite rich - but not over the top. I get a slight whiff of petrol. Excellent sweet wine. Michel notes that this would be a good wine with cheeses.
I liked but didn't love this at first, but love came at the end of the meal when I retasted. From the beginning it showed nice pear fruit, floral notes, good finish. But after about 2 hours it really sang, with more depth, minerality, and richness. Good weight, but nimble. Lovely wine A-
Wonderful once again, seamlessly combining ripe pear and white fruited flavours with flowers and creamy elements. Keeps evolving and developing with air, showing some honeyed elements on the nose and a saline minerality on the back end, finishing rich and long with fantastic balance and elegance.
YES but vitement. Was a bit worried that the age would not help this wine; as pinot gris can be a bit fragile sometimes. But, sommelier assured me it was fine and it was. Medium gold colour with a lightish nose and a good mix of sweetness and spice in the mouth. It lacked the acidity attack of a great wine and I would have preferred more complexity in the spice. It was a bit short but on the day for the meal we were having it was really quite acceptable. I would not wait any longer.
An aged pinot gris. Nose - fresh cut apple, bouquet of flowers. Mouth - cant decide between dry and off-dry but it definitely has something in it that hints at sweetness. mouth of honey, candied apple, with good acidity, then followed by a long caramel finish leading me to reason that this wine is a partially oaked production. Blinded I would probably guess it to be a Riesling, however again the caramel finish is a bit unusual. Stylistically, I probably would like this more with a crisp clean finish, however there is no doubt that it is an interesting wine. -- Addendum - unable to find any reference to oak treatment. Possibly it is the VT-like quality that is tripping me up? Probably better with dessert or on its own than main course.
Third Wednesday tasting - Rieslings (Peking Duck House): Somehow manages to combine tremendous richness and depth with amazing precision and elegance (but it is a Trimbach, so not that surprising). Great aromatics with white fruits, melon, honey, flowers and some vaseline-like notes. Very rich on the palate but with very little sweetness, packed with more white fruits, orange and floral elements with an intense stony mineral character underneath and really good acidity keeping it in perfect balance. Finishes with great length - stunning.
For the first hour or so, the nose on this wine essentially smells like every kind of petroleum product imaginable—giving an unpleasant first impression. However, after an hour these aromas start to become more integrated--with notes of citrus peel, waxy lanolin, honey and apricot folding in nicely. On day 2, an even greater aromatic transformation seems to take place—with the wine displaying beautiful and complex notes of spiced apple, toasted honey, musk, vinyl, iced tea and orange marmalade. In the mouth, this has a great food-friendliness and is a great pairing to Alsatian onion tart. There is a fine sense of structure despite the soft rounded fruit. Also, it displays fresher acidity than either of the two previous wines. It also features the most balanced and definitely the longest finish. On day 2, the texture turns more opulent and fleshy, with a more pronounced bottom note really bringing everything to another level. It is a real delight when one gets to that point, so I suggest a decant or long slow ox on this if planning to drink it in the near term.
This bottle was much better than the last. Flavorful, balanced, a perfect Pinot Gris. Perhaps the extra year of aging made the difference. I don't know what else it could have been. Really good -- matched the hype, i.e., WA-93
Part of large dinner, served with oysters on the shell. I was a little disappointed, given the press. Did not catch the sweetness as I hoped I would. Clean lines, pleasant, complemented the oysters well. I have a few more, and I am curious what they will be like.
Enjoyed at Jean-Georges in NYC. Thick and sweet somewhat like a desert wine. Terrific flavors and a real joy to pair with the lighter entrees like the hamachi and smoked sea trout. Taste of peaches, apricot and earthy goodness. Great finish with plenty of intensity.