2006 Trimbach Pinot Blanc Alsace
Right away I smelled a couple of interesting flavors. What hit my nose was a cool mineral/grass note, like you wrapped a wet stone in freshly cut grass and took a big whiff. That caught my attention, because right after it was this really interesting stone-fruit and grapefruit scent that added a vibrant attitude to the wine, a "sass-factor" as I coined it. You could tell that it was made for something that would challenge it's flavor profile. I don't have a lot of experience with Alsatian wines much less Pinot Blanc, so I can't tell you if it was varietally honest, I can tell you though that it was tasty!
On the palate you got this big, stony acidity right up front which gave way to a fleshy but citric mid-palate feel. I'm serious, the acidity fairly exploded into your mouth but I want to make a distinction, it wasn't like this was an a-bomb of acid, just a pop that got my attention. With the spicy sushi rolls, the acidity helped clear those flavors off my palate while the fleshy almost apricot-like notes did a good job seeing me up for my next bite of the roll. While I think about it too, I want to say that I really think I tasted apple, like a Braeburn or something. It was crisp but still had a dash of sweetness, in other words just the kind I like. Really interesting the way the flavors unfolded, I literally felt the wine expand across my tounge, it was great!
Time for that fun rating, this one gets a solid A-. The pricing is good, the wine is good, the pairing worked and most importantly, I liked what I tasted. It wasn't stunning deal or an incredibly moving wine (those would get A or A+'s) but it was a wonderfully refreshing pairing that showed a lot of complexity and elegance with some good power behind the scenes. I really do recommend a bottle or two if you like this style of white wine. Thank you again for reading, hope to see some comments soon!