Two Older Frederic Emile Rieslings (Yountville, California): Light golden, much darker than the '85. Some nutty, oxidative notes were worrisome, but the wine hung in there and improved for a good 2 hours. Rich, dry yellow peach core with a hint of tropical fruit. Oily feel compared to the more ethereal '85, but admirably, this gained focus and precision with air. The glycerine gives it more of an impression of sweetness than its older counterpart, but I'd bet this too has very low residual sugar. Bitter almond finish. By the end, the secondary Riesling fusel was dominant. This lacked the spiciness, freshness, and overall excitement of the bottle we had last fall, but it was still interesting and enjoyable. The '85 stole the show with its beauty tonight, though.
Trimbach Frederic Emile Retrospective--1979 to 2001 (Absinthe Restaurant, San Francisco): A 2004 library release. Lighter than the '96, but the second darkest colored wine. Wild, flamboyant nose with curry and coriander-like an Indian bazaar! Impression of sweeter yellow peach (? a tad of residual sugar) with a kernel of cyanic bitterness. Less acid, and an overall looser style that was like the '95. Quite exotic in the context of its more restrained brethren, but not heavy or overbearing.
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