2010 Trimbach Gewurztraminer 375 ml

Year: 2010
Appellation: Alsace
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 88
Wine Advocate: 91
Vinous Media: 89
Wine Enthusiast: 88
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.0%
Price :


"This dry, tangy white shows nice focus to the flavors of grapefruit sorbet, tangerine, star fruit and zesty spice. Light on its feet and fresh, with a mineral-tinged finish. Drink now through 2017. 12,000 cases made. –AN" (WS)

"As with Pinot Gris, so with Trimbach’s 2010 Gewurztraminer, they once bottled just one wine from this variety and vintage, due, insists Jean Trimbach, to sheer paucity of juice. “Anyway,” he adds, “we want to be judged by the quality of our classic bottling, just as a Champagne producer should be judged by how good their non-vintage brut is.” Here, there was even a tiny lot of V.T. blended back in. Celery seed, celery root, caraway, rose petal, mint and bacon fat combine for a complex and varietally typical aromatic and palate character, except that the clarity, energy and sheer juiciness on display here transcend what one usually anticipates from Gewurztraminer much less a basic (or, as Trimbachs prefer to call it classic) bottling. Relish this terrific value through at least 2022. Anyone who loves this genre won’t want to miss the present exemplar, and one can only hope that the maximum of people who are not yet familiar with Alsace Gewurztraminer will get to try it as well.

”When it came to our own vineyards, we got only 50-55 hectoliters per hectare in 2011,” notes Pierre Trimbach of a generally abundant Alsace vintage. “We started picking already around September 10th,” he continues, “thanks to a hot, dry August and September. There was no rain until October 19, just after we finished picking.” While the Trimbachs express understandable delight with their iconic Rieslings from 2010, they bottled no Pinot Gris Reserve Personnelle and only a single wine from Gewurztraminer. “The quantity was so small, that we said ‘one bottling and that’s it,” relates Jean Trimbach. I urge wine lovers to take advantage of those bottling decisions! (What little 2010 V.T. was picked also ended up being blended out.) The Trimbachs’ Riesling line-up has recently grown by several bottlings, including one from the share of Gaisberg that they recently rented long-term from the local convent. From nearly three-decade-old vines in the highest reaches of this Kaysersberg grand cru there will be, beginning in 2012, a Trimbach Riesling Schlossberg. Both of these wines have prompted the family to break with past practice of not referencing any grand cru vineyards on its labels." (WA)

"Bright gold-tinged yellow. Very intense, complex aromas of grapefruit, mango, flowers and spices. Quite smooth and suave in the mouth, with spicy flavors of ripe citrus, peach and tropical fruits. Finishes clean and long, with lovely balance. This very rich and impressive gewurztraminer does not come across as big or fat. About 100,000 bottles were made, and it's the only gewurztraminer bottled by Trimbach in 2010." (VM)

"Intensely rich, this wine is packed with flavors of spice, gingerbread and lychees. It has a full, rounded character with an intense spiciness that is anchored to a more structured texture. Drink now and until 2018. — R.V. (3/1/2014)" (WE)


These two modest priced half-bottles truly impressed me to the point of being overwhelmed by both of these dry most appealing Alsace whites. Loved them equally, so have no preference for one over the other. At four years of age the wines are in perfect shape and both should offer fine drinking for the rest of the decade. At $9.95 a half-bottle, there perfect wines to have a mixed case or so around as dinner starters and winners to go with many types of cuisine.

The dry Riesling has classic varietal character with that appealing steely and slate Riesling quality, along with tastes of ripe green apples and that damp-pine cone walking through the woods nose I associate so much with Riesling. A charmer to start a meal serving oysters or sea-food appetizers and with a main course of fish prepared many ways as well as a fried or roasted chicken or pork chops or roast and even veal.

As for the equally dry Gewürztraminer, the wine also exhibits classical varietal character-with that unmistakable aromatic, Muscat, honeysuckle like nose, reminiscent of such spices as cloves and cinnamon in a most “delightful way.” The taste in this totally dry wine is also reminiscent of fines spices such as saffron along with hints of fresh ginger. An ideal wine to serve with all types of appetizers as well as an entrée with a pungent sauce, like many a dish at the excellent Bazaar restaurant on La Cienega and I’ve also found Gewurztraminer as the near perfect wine to serve with Indian as well as many types of Chinese and Korean cuisine and I also adored it by itself. And, oh yes, both wines exhibit a wonderful taste tingling, super satisfying acid level that I find one of the most beguiling qualities of fine Alsace wine

RATING: 93+ (Compared to other whites at $10/half, they deserve a 97).

PRICE: $9.95/half-bottle

WHERE: Los Angeles Wine Co.

(Martin's Guide to Wine Bargains)