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F. E. Trimbach

Pinot Gris "Reserve"

Appellation: Appellation Alsace Controlée

Location: The Trimbach winery is located in Ribeauville, west of the Rhine River in Alsace. The Trimbach family domaine consists of approximately 70 acres of vineyards located primarily in and around some of the finest grand cru sites of Ribeauville, Hunawihr, and Bergheim. Total production of all wines is about 100,000 cases per year.

Classification: The designation "Reserve" is used by the Trimbach family only in very good vintage years. "Reserve" indicates that the wine is made from the family's own vineyard sites, from older vines whose yields have been limited by a rigorous "green harvest", and from grape bunches that have been selected at optimum ripeness to produce a rich, concentrated wine.

Grape Variety/Vineyard Site: 100% Pinot Gris, from relatively rich clay soils with substantial limestone deposits. Classic argilo-calcaire.

Vinification and aging: After the grapes are gently pressed, the must is allowed to settle to remove any impurities. Fermentation is in stainless steel tanks at approximately 20 degrees Celsius. The Trimbach family inhibit the malolactic fermentation, thus preserving the grapes' fresh natural acidity and fruit character, as well as the aging potential of the wines.

History: Since 1626 the Trimbach family has been dedicated to the production of high quality Alsace wines from the traditional noble grape varieties of Alsace. Currently, the 11th and 12th generations of the Trimbach family oversee all aspects of the domain's operation, with Bernard and his oldest son Pierre managing the vineyards and winemaking, while Hubert and Bernard's younger son, Jean, travel the world to promote the wines. Pierre Trimbach's winemaking is impeccable and results in firm, masculine, bone dry and richly fruity wines of enormous breeding – for some a yardstick by which to judge all others in the region. Although a boutique winery in production, Trimbach is the most enjoyed brand of Alsace wine in the United States.

Style: The Trimbach style of wine is one of finesse, elegance, and superb concentration, preserving the vibrant natural acidity and characteristic fruit flavors of the individual varietal as well as the aging potential of great wine.

Food: Excellent with all fish but especially salmon, Pinot Gris is also a superb accompaniment to chicken, veal, Foie Gras and mild cheeses.