The collected wine-tastings & wine-ramblings of one who prefers to describe wines with metaphors, not percentages

Alsace Pinot Noir, Kuentz-Bas Collection 2005 review

Closeup of this Alsace Pinot Noir's label: gold and brown, with a simple crest and typographic focus

Way back — way, way back — there was some kind of pinot noir ‘event’ on Twitter. ‘Let’s all drink pinot noir,’ the governing philosophy of said event seemed to be, ‘and pretend that doing so has some kind of higher purpose or conceptual justification.’

Well, Old Parn doesn’t necessarily need conceptual justification to wrench the cork from a bottle of PN. But one doesn’t look a gift horse in the mouth, does one? (Or, in the words of Young Parn, many years ago, one doesn’t knock a gift horse in the mouth. Which would be even more churlish.)

Anyhow. Conceptually justified to the max, I took out the above-depicted half bottle of Kuentz-Bas. And rather fine it was, too: poised and sharp, fruited and taut. Its colour was pale, russet-tinged. Once it’d been out in the glass a while, it really bloomed and softened. Relaxed.

(A little like that gift horse did, once it realised I wasn’t about to crack it a swift uppercut to the jaw.)

Verdict

Supple and smooth, with a tiny gruff stemminess at the back of it. Beautiful to hold in your gob. Light, effervescent.

It is an absolute avalanche of joy to be able to buy a wine like this in a half bottle. Thank you, once again, Wine Society; thank you. And thank you, Pinot Noir Day. Or whatever your name was.

Rating ★★★★ 4 stars (very good)
Region Alsace
Grape Pinot Noir
ABV 13%
Price £7.50 for a half bottle from The Wine Society

2 Comments to Alsace Pinot Noir, Kuentz-Bas Collection 2005 review

  1. September 10, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

    Interesting that you selected an Alsace PN – never really discovered one I thought was worth bothering with myself. Have always wondered why they bother with it at all to be frank.

    Great people at KB; their other wines I much prefer :-)

  2. September 12, 2011 at 9:20 pm | Permalink

    Watch out for “World Grenache Day” later this month, Old Parn.

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