Monday, September 4, 2017

Weekly Wine Review - French White - 2009 Trimbach Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Emile

Typically, my more expensive "splurge" wine purchases are red wine and more red wine.  A lot of my cooking also skews toward red wine pairing (red meat!), and my wife and I consume considerably more red wine than white or rosé.  When it comes to purchasing white wine, I am very value conscious. I want a good quality wine, but am not looking to spend more than $25 a bottle and in most cases closer to $15.  At a recent tasting at our wine storage facility (living in Arizona, and having had our air conditioner go out in July will make one look for wine storage facilities!), we tried this special cuvée Trimbach Riesling and it tasted very nicely.  So nice in fact that even though it carried a splurge wine level price tag I picked up a bottle to pair with the right dish that needed that extra special white wine.  The dish turned out to be a meal kit from for Miso Glazed Scallops with a Soba Noodle Salad.  The sweetness of scallops, the umami of the miso, the herbal/vegetal taste of the edamame in the salad needed a complex wine, so I turned to this 8 year old Alsatian to see if it had the right stuff.

Wine: 2009 Trimbach Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Emile

Region: Alsace, France
Grape Varieties: Riesling

Obtained from: Purchased at Vinum 55
Price: $68
Wino4Life Category: Splurge Wine

Aeration before tasting: Just a swirl or two, no special aeration.

Cork Condition: Natural cork - no defects or issues.
Appearance: Clear, light yellow.
Aroma: Peach, apple, honey and a nice amount of the aged Riesling petrol aroma that intensified as the wine warmed in the glass.  This may sound strange if you've never experienced it, but it is my very favorite part of older Rieslings.

Taste: Super dry like you should expect with an Alsace wine, but a fruitiness that gives you the sensation of sweetness.  A nice bit of minerality as part of a very pleasant, long finish. How about the pairing you ask? A home run in my semi-humble opinion.  The scallops were great quality and I managed to get a nice dark sear on them.  The miso glaze made them savory and slightly sweet at the same time, and the crispness and fruitiness of the wine went along nicely. Good food and good wine, but the two together was even better - my definition of a perfect pairing!

The Grade: I give this one an A+. Sometimes you come across a wine that makes you reevaluate how you think about white wine versus reds. This wine is one of those that may even lead me to cook more dishes that need a complex, quality white as a partner.  Well... maybe a few more anyway! Cheers!

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