Thursday, November 19, 2009

Fernand Engel Muscat d'Alsace Cuvee Engel, 2005

Alsace Muscat is an extremely aromatic wine with musky peachy scents that are almost too pretty to be taken seriously. Like Viognier, it smells sweet even when the wine is dry or off dry. That makes it a good choice for casual sipping or spicy Indian dishes.

From the beginning, this Cuvee Engel has also offered up barber shop notes similar to Gewurztraminer, and these seem accentuated as the wine ages. Sweet white peaches but also orange blossom, spice and lychee nuts. Sweeter than I remember but with a pleasantly bitter finish, again more like Gewurz than Muscat. This wine is very nice sipping after the meal but didn't go as well as I'd hoped with spicy Indian food.

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