Varsity Liquors' Wines of the Month
Concha y Toro Marques de Concha Cabernet Sauvignon 1999, Puente Alto Chile
We were way ahead of the curve this time ladies and gentleman. We had selected this wine for our members enjoyment long before the Wine Spectators' May edition laid on these accolades - "Lovely flesh and concentration, this marries Old and New World styles in an alluring way. A great example of Cabernet from this region, and shows how good this vintage is." Let your taste buds be your guide and see if you agree with the "Speculators" assessment. In this case we find it hard to argue with them.
Jepson Estate "Feliz Cuvee" 2000, Mendocino County California
Summertime is here and with it comes picnics and patio parties to spare. Here is a wine that fits nicely into that occasionally troublesome niche between the grill and the pool. It projects aromas of lemon zest and light Asian spice followed by flavors of pears and citrus fruit. The wine finishes with just a touch of sweetness, giving it the ability to compliment the spicy characteristics of Cajun or Southeast Asian cuisine. It also has plenty of stand-alone appeal as its fresh and fruity aspects make the perfect poolside sip.
Zaca Mesa "Z" Gris 2001, Santa Ynez Valley California
In an attempt to cover the spectrum this month, we have offered a red, a white and now a rose. I can almost hear the nay-sayers now, "a pink wine, yech." For the record, the French have been quaffing rose by the glassful every spring and summer for years, and who can argue with the French when it comes to wine. This dry rose is bright and zingy with a crisp and enervating mouth feel. It is done in the style of a rose from the southern Rhone, so it has a little more body than your typical rose from Anjou or Province. This allows it to be matched up very successfully with grilled shrimp or any other variety of seafood that might find its way to your table.