2006 Marc Kreydenweiss Vin de Pays des Coteaux Flaviens Ansata
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Ansata began when Marc Kreydenweiss set out to live his dream away from Alsace – he believed in the Rhone and Languedoc but wished to bring a northern sense of refinement and grace to a region more known for brute strength. In his mind, there had to be a way to harness the joy of southern French joie de vivre and combine it with a more even-keeled expression of Syrah, Grenache et al. He also believed in value – the problem is that his notion of “value” ($20-25) is not the same as that of the US populous ($10).
What I'm trying to say is, despite his best intentions and dedication to a full-fledge BIO/organic mantra for Ansata, the whole thing did not work. He should have offered the wines as mid-tier if he believed in the quality (let’s say, $20+ price point) or offered them as true high-quality value offerings ($8-10). The middle is where the consumer became confused (“If this is a value wine, why am I paying $20?”).
In my mind, the results at Ansata are not good enough to justify $20+. There are so many terrific wines of character and breed at that level and Ansata became one of many on the outside looking in...
Now you have my attention....
...and I'm fairly sure that little change of price-point will have yours.
$6.99? Is there any red wine from a well-respected/hands-on/organic producer (with an international reputation) at that price level in the US? After all the transport costs, taxes, duty, etc? If there is, I'm not aware of it. Granted, Kreydenweiss is an Alsatian white specialist but you can't take the passion out of the man simply by changing region? Certainly, Ansata is not the greatest wine I’ve ever tasted but I doubt any of us will care.
I can’t find much out there on the 2006 but it’s a cross in style between the 2003 and 2005 with a touch more refinement. Despite the “drink now” recommendation, this parcel is doing just fine - it has never moved since release and has been stored under ideal condiitons:
WS: “($22); Offers a nice mix of dark currant and briar notes, with hints of tar, aged tobacco and roasted chestnut, showing tasty character. Stays friendly through the lightly grippy finish, despite the dark profile. Syrah, Merlot and Grenache. Drink now. 392 cases imported. 88pts”