2016 Trimbach Mandelberg Grand Cru Riesling
Bright straw. Spicy dried fruit and ripe yellow apple aromas and flavors. Insidiously creamy in the middle, then turns lemony on the long, savory finish. Very elegant Riesling Mandelberg (a relatively warm site known for giving slightly broader, rounder wines that are not necessarily the last word in refinement), but very much in the style of the 2016 vintage; the combination of warm microclimate (the Mandelberg’s) and the late-ripening variety (Riesling) often gives wine lovers something special in many vintages. The first vintage of this Trimbach wine in which the Mandelberg name appears on the label (previously this was known as Cuvée M). Trimbach’s vines are located on the steepest part of the grand cru, and Pierre Trimbach told me that the marly-calcareous soils contribute a strong lemony acidity. Lovely wine, one of the best Mandelberg wines I have ever had from Trimbach - maybe the best.
Ian D'Agata - Vinous
This is a new grand cru from here and shows crushed stones and cooked apples with lemon undertones. Medium-to full-bodied. Flavorful with lots of gun metal and stone to finish.