Community Tasting Notes (29) Avg Score: 93.3 points

  • I debated bringing the ‘89 or the ‘90, went with the latter. This shows a little sweeter than the ‘89 does, though still more a halbtrccken style. Rich tropical fruit, orange blossom, just a little petrol. Stony mineral finish. Very good, A-

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  • oxidised - not rated

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  • Light petrol, honeysuckle, slate and lemon nose. Everything distinct but mellow. Honeysuckle and lemon complemented by ripe apple and pineapple on the palate. Faintest hint of sweetest but more of an impression than distinct sensation. Tart acidity on the backpalate but fading somewhat. Quite a versatile wine, paired will with both striped bass and then cherry tart, and then the last 1.5 glasses on the next day with pork soft tacos.

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  • Kelvin's Baby Shower (Burlamacco, Amoy Street, Singapore): Very nice, but not quite as good as the superb “standard” 1990 Frederic Emile I thought. This had an attractively sweet nose, with apricots and nectarines, red apples and lightly honeyed notes. The palate was off-dry rather than sweet, showing juicy lime and lemon notes on the attack wed to sweeter suggestions of stone fruit and apples on the midpalate and then a nice minerality on the finish. There was a lot of depth on the wine, all nicely integrated into a creamy package, but it bore its heft so effortlessly that it seemed almost weightless. I thought the slight sweetness actually threw off the wine's lovely poise and balance and distracted from its beautiful minerality ever so slightly. That aside, this was quality. Drinking nicely now, although I can see this getting better over the next decade or so.

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  • Opened and left open around 6 hours then drunk over another 3.

    A hauntingly beautiful nose again. A beautiful mix of petrol, bright fruit, flowers, marzipan, honey, seashells, and some kaffir lime. This is a wine of beautiful paradox. It has the complexity of early maturity but with a terrific brightness and freshness. It is simultaneously fresh with laser sharp focus, but that's coupled with an expansive breadth and depth that has the density to pack a big punch, but rather than hitting hard, it pushes you over with a feather, and leaves your mouth watering. Dense but weightless, laser precise, and with a cool juxtaposition of incredible length coupled with a freshness and huge cut. When Trimbach hits it, there are few wines like it. Terrific. 95 pts

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    July/August 1999, IWC Issue #85, (See more on Vinous...)

    (Domaine Trimbach Riesling Cuvee Frederic Emile Vendange Tardive) Subscribe to see review text.

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