The soil at the Trimbach’s Frederic Emile vineyards in the town of Ribeauville, part of the Grands Crus Geisberg and Osterberg, is very stony limestone over a base of sandstone at 250 to 350 meters above sea level. The well-drained argilo-calcaire soil over a deep sandstone base supports vines that are approximately 45-years-old. The Trimbach Family picks the Riesling grapes as late as possible in order to achieve maximum ripeness which, in turn, gives optimum depth of flavor and complexity. The grapes are picked by hand and pressed very gently in a pneumatic press. The juice runs into the cellar by gravity and clarifies naturally prior to fermentation. The juice ferments in stainless steel at controlled temperature for 4 -5 weeks. The wine is not oak-aged as the Trimbachs believe that wood gives nothing to their wines, the salient characteristics of which are extreme purity and concentrated fruit. Bottling is early to preserve freshness and wines then bottle-aged before leaving the winery.
Wine Advocate(2002 Vintage) Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Wine Advocate on 2/08
Planet Grape(2009 Vintage) Complex and attractive with medium+ intensity slate, chalk, lemon pith and green apple skin. Medium+ body with fine, silky texture.
Decanter(1989 Vintage) Rating: 4/5 - As reviewed by Decanter. Clear and bright, deep yellow in colour with an oily, concentrated, varietal nose. A dry, full-bodied palate with concentrated fruit flavours, crisp acidity and a long fruity finish.
Wine Spectator(2001 Vintage) Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 08/31/04