Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Kuentz-Bas Gewurztraminer Cuvee Tradition, 1983

I remember being entranced by this wine at a large wine tasting in Kalamazoo in the mid-1980s. I liked it, and it had been given a high rating by Robert Parker. At that time, before rating inflation, Parker's score was probably 86-88. Tonight, 30-some years later, the wine is a darker color but has pretty much the same tasting profile and personality.

Unmistakably Gewurz: powerful perfume. Rose petals, mint and all the other traits usually described as "spicy" but are really unlike any spice I have smelled. Big and powerful on the palate. None of the bitterness that I expected from a wine this old. Good acid; not nearly as sweet as most Alsace wines are today. It goes very well with spicy Asian food from Chin Chin in Mattawan, Michigan.

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