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Kientzler Sylvaner '20
When it comes to Sylvaner, as with Riesling, Germany takes most of the spotlight for production of this variety, yet Alsace in northeast France is its equal. Sylvaner was once much more widely planted here, and today it is planted on only about a tenth of Alsace’s vineyard. As with any wine, the producer and the quality of the farming practices are incredibly important. The Kientzler family has been growing vines for more than five generations in Ribeauvillé and the surrounding area. Domaine Kientzler has earned every accolade it has been awarded, and it is regarded within France as one of the leading domains of Alsace. Today, the Kientzlers farm almost 14 hectares of vines in Ribeauvillé, Bergheim, Hunawihr, and Riquewihr, including significant parcels in the grand crus of Geisberg, Osterberg and Kirchberg. But quantities are so limited that very little of its production enters export markets, or to reviewers outside France. Simply put, these wines sell out at the domain each year at very reasonable prices with little fanfare, which is why we are all the more excited to have them here at the shop. The Sylvaner is made in stainless steel tanks, with temperature control during élevage for 8–10 months. Dry and medium bodied, with elevated acidity, Sylvaner is often likened to other whites ranging from Sauvignon Blanc to Pinot Gris, which shows how versatile and appealing it is. You can expect notes of fresh peach, passion fruit, and green savory herbs. Perfect for summertime outdoor dining, Sylvaner is compatible with so many foods, from salads to lighter meat and seafood dishes, and even asparagus! Enjoy it now for its youthful, vibrant fruit, and keep a few bottles for the future if you can.
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