Color - Medium-gold
Bouquet - Intense rose petaland lychee nut aromas
Taste - Rich and spicy with purity of flavors, beautiful elegance and great persistency.
Wine Spectator 92 points - Dry and sleek, with a thread of mineral salinity running through rich flavors of almond, beeswax, dried apricot, lemon zest, smoke and spice. This subtle white offers focused acidity and a lingering finish that echoes its minerality. Drink now through 2022. 2,000 cases made.
(Oct 31 2012)
Vinous 92 points - Deep, complex nose hints at subtle brown spices, minerals and crushed stone, with smoked meat and more exotic spices emerging with aeration. Dense but light on its feet, lifted by lovely inner-mouth floral character and good acid cut. Highly concentrated, gripping gewurztraminer, with a silky texture and an impression of strong dry extract. Finishes with terrific grip and persistence. This tastes virtually as dry as the normale, and yet there are 15 grams of residual sugar here.
Wine Advocate 93 points - The Trimbach 2007 Gewurztraminer Seigneurs de Ribeaupierre - like the corresponding “Reserve” bottling - displays a surprising and delightful array of stimulating nuances that can only be termed “mineral.” Here, though, those characteristics manifest themselves already in the nose, along with classic rose petal, brown spices, caraway, and smoked meat. A malted, nutty richness - like the saline, alkaline, and stony elements - give this a real sense of depth to match its creamy richness of texture, while bittersweet floral perfume wafts through to a remarkably buoyant and (despite 15 grams residual sugar) dry-tasting finish. This beauty should be worth following for a quarter century, and will doubtless taste even more impressive when it is released in a couple of years. (Apr 2010)
This "Gold Label” Gewurztraminer is named in honor of the Lords of Ribeaupierre, who held sway over much of Alsace in the Middle Ages, and whose ruined castles still dot the foothills of the Vosges above the village of Ribeauville.
|Wine maker notes
|Undeniably rich and spicy, even exotic, it has the carefully measured acidity which imparts finesse and subtlety. Totally dry, with good levels of natural alcohol beneath its hallmark fragrance of rose and lychee. Superb with complex spicy foods from around the world.