Wine for the Fortnight – Kuentz-Bas 2009 Riesling from Alsace

Well it has been more like a month than a fortnight since my last wine review.  The pressures of the holidays and some personal things have left little time for writing.  Luckily, I still have had time to drink some wine.  This post is about an Alsatian Riesling that I purchased to go with our Christmas dinner.

Several years ago we started the tradition of having a roast goose with sauerkraut and various side dishes for Christmas dinner.  While it is a lot of work, it tastes great.  It does, however, present a few issues when it comes to selecting wine.  Being a Burgundy lover, a full flavored somewhat gamey dish like roast goose would have me running for a wine from the Cote Nuit or another full flavored Pinot Noir based wine.  The problem is that sauerkraut is not a good match for these wines.

Instead I turn to the white wines of Alsace.  Alsace is a region in northeastern France that borders on Germany.  Over the centuries Alsace was a battleground between Germany and France and control over the region passed back and forth between them.  The resulting culture has taken liberally from both French and German influences.  They make some wonderful and unique wines too.

I chose this wine a bit differently than I might normally.  I had never heard of the producer and I did not have a chance to taste it beforehand.  I did know the importer, Kermit Lynch, though.  In my experience he is one of the best importers out there, particularly in the lower price ranges.  This wine was priced at $15.99.

So how was it?  Well it was really nice and worked very well with the food.  The wine had what I think of as typical young Riesling aromas of flowers and a bit of honey.  It was dry with very little residual sugar and plenty of acidity to help cut through the fattiness of the meal.  The alcohol content was 12.5%, which I think was ideal.  While I don’t think this one would age well, (some Rieslings can age for decades) I would expect it to be good for at least another three years.

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