Varsity Liquors' Wines of the Month
Rambaud "Domaine de Chene-Colombe" Macon-Villages 2000, Burgundy France
Typically, Chardonnays from the Macon possess focused acidity, a clean mineral character and a nice crisp finish. This wine has resonant acidity, but carries with it more stuffing and body than is usual for these wines. A bright nose of apple and nectarine jumps out of the glass upon opening. This wine show a bit of maturity in the glass as bright straw color gives way to a more golden hue in its appearance. Full on the palette without being flabby, its mouth-watering fruit flavors are a pleasant surprise in a wine at this price. I would probably drink this one by itself or with an appetizer of mild cheese and fruit.
Abbaye Sylva Plana "Le Closeraic" 2000, Faugeres France
The region of Faugeres in the South of France has a long history of growing wine-grapes but has only been recognized as a source of quality wine within the relatively recent past. One of the potential stars of this region is the winery, Abbye Sylva Plana. Using a blend of the traditional regional varieties Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Cinsault, and Carignane, they create a wine of great concentration and good aging potential. This full-bodied wine shows little on the nose initially, but opens up after a few minutes with scents of black fruits, pepper and a little smoke. On the palette, this is a BIG wine; it would be enjoyed best with similarly hearty cuisine. A simply prepared grilled steak, medium rare, would fit the bill perfectly.
Vinson Richards Tannat Reserve 2000, Juanico Valley Uruguay
With our other two wines coming from the expected winegrowing country of France, we decided to go as far as possible away from the beaten path in search of something different. What we came up with was this little bruiser of a wine. The grape Tannat is known in the south of France as a source of brooding, ominously opaque wines of great depth. Showing dark plumy fruit and a full palette, the taste of this wine lingers in your mouth with hints of bittersweet chocolate and dried fruit. You would not be doing the wine a disservice to open it 3 hours before serving with your meal or laying it down in a dark corner of the basement for the next 4-7 years.