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F. E. Trimbach

Gewürztraminer, "Cuvee de Seigneurs de Ribeaupierre"

Location: Alsace, France (Appellation Alsace Controlée). Single vineyard site located half mile away from the Trimbach winery. Total production is about 3000 cases. This wine is only produced in exceptional years.

Grape Variety: 100% Gewürztraminer

Vinification and aging: The wine is vinified to complete dryness - no residual sugar. Fermented in stainless steel vats with no oak aging. Malolactic fermentation is inhibited to insure maximum flavors from the grape. Bottling is early to preserve freshness, and wines are then bottle aged before leaving the winery.

History: The Trimbach family has been making wines in the French province of Alsace since 1626-- a remarkable succession from father to son based on an unchanging devotion to the wines of their beautiful corner of France. Run by the 12th generation of the Trimbach family, Pierre makes the wine and his younger brother Jean sells it. Pierre Trimbach's wine making 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. The top selling brand of Alsace wine in the United States.

The vineyard where 100% of the Gewürztraminer grapes for the Cuvee de Ribeaupierre are grown, was once owned by the Count of Ribeaupierre. His 12th and 13th century castles still overlook the town of Ribeauville.

Style: Full bodied with an abundance of fruit and spiciness that comes through as though you are eating the grapes. Great power and richness while retaining balance of finesse and elegance. Finishes dry with a lovely balance of acid.

Food: Goes well with smoked salmon, pork, Chinese food, strong cheeses, goose and light desserts such as fruit tarts. Probably the only wine that can stand up to curry.