Kuentz-Bas Alsace 2004 Wine Review (billy)
The fascinating thing about this $16 bottle is that I can find next to nothing about it. The varietal is not listed on the bottle. It is simply a 2004 Alsace. So, I did a little digging and found not much to be honest. While Kuents-Bas is well known, I can only conclude that their "Alsace" bottle is the leftovers from the primo pickings.
Uncharactaristicly for Asatian wines, it is not completely dry. It blends characteristics of Riesling and Gewurztraminer while not being quintessentially either. Don't let this deter you though. This is a very nice bottle.
Eyes: pale golden straw
Nose: Honey, vanilla creme, the slightest hints of nutmeg spice
Palate: fantasic balance and smooth acid structure to give this Domaine Alsace from the Husseren region a silky smooth feel. This medium dry is wonderfully light but with enough body to accompany a meal and stand up to the flavors. The smooth texture provides a nice compliment to white and cream sauces.
Finish: smooth and long with dry grassy undertones and green pears making a tentative appearance.
Don't be fooled. Though a blend of the leftovers, it is quite a nice wine if a bit spendy. I'd like to see it available for $2-3 less per bottle. On sale for under $10 would make this wine a must-buy.
Serve slightly chilled and
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