First of all we wish everyone a happy and healthy season. This month we are going back to our old format of three bottles that we select, and have picked some very unusual wines this month. The second thing that we have to say is thank you for supporting us for the past five years. Karla and I are in the process of selling the store to Arun Goel. The sale of the store will probably take place on December 9th and I will be here until Christmas. The staff will remain the same, both courteous and helpful and able to answer all your questions. We urge you to keep Varsity Liquors as your favorite store for fine wines and spirits. Happy Holidays!
Matanzas Creek Winery Syrah 2000 $16.99
A couple of years ago we were out in Sonoma and took a tour of Matanzas Creek. It is a state of the art facility surrounded by beautiful gardens and vineyards. The wine is very tasty with a nose of chocolate and spice and bright fruit tastes of blackberry and cherries and a slightly tannic finish that is very spicy and quite full. The wine is very drinkable now, but you can probably put it away for a couple of more years. The wine goes well with ham and slightly smoked cheeses.
Albert Boxler Edelzwicker Reserve 2002 $16.99
The term Edelzwicker means “noble wine”, and what a wine this is. A blend of Gewurztraminer and Riesling plus several other grapes, the wine is very lively with subtle hints of tropical fruit and peaches and beautiful acidity to balance the wine. This wine is on the dry side with a very small hint of sweetness, very clean and very crisp and very good. Serve as an aperitif or with soft cheeses.
Terrazas Alto Malbec 2003 $11.99
Once again we have a Malbec, which will be the next hot grape. The wine is soft and very juicy with plums, figs and vanilla flavors and an intense finish that lasts for days. This is different in style to the other Malbecs that we have had this year in our wine club due to the approachability of the wine. One of the few wines that goes well with anything.
La Joya Sauvignon Blanc 2004 Colchagua Valley Chile $9.99
The wine is produced by Vina Bisquertt Family Vineyards, to us a relatively unknown winery, but not for long. This is not one of your boring whites that we tend to see from South America. This sauvignon blanc jumps out of the glass with passionfruit, pineapple and lime flavors that are very lively, crisp and outright delicious.
Marchesi di Barolo Maraia Barbera Monferrato 2002 $8.99
We featured this wine three ago and it was a huge hit, now we bring it back because it is even better than before. A bit on the lighter side with tastes of wild berries with hints of vanilla and cherry and a smooth long finish. A great wine to pair with lighter fares.
Boschendal Lanoy 2000 South Africa $14.99
In September we featured Wolftrap, a red blend from South Africa, this month we take it one step higher with a blend that is more Bordeaux like in style. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot that spends some time in French oak. The wine is reminiscent of fine Bordeaux.
Golden Kaan Shiraz 2003 Western Cape South Africa $8.99
I know what you are saying, “Another South African wine”, yes, but no.
This is one of the best values I have seen in years, it is the best selling South African wine in England and I have a feeling it will be the best selling here also.
The wine has a bit more earth then the Australians, but has better concentration of fruit and has a beautiful lengthy finish.
Pepi Colline Di Sassi Napa Valley 1998 $14.99
Robert Pepi was the originator of the Cal- Itals and this was the flagship. A blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot that is modeled after and tastes like a great Super Tuscan wine. The wine is drinking beautifully and will continue to so for some time.
Domaine Du Petit Mas Costieres De Nimes 2003 $9.99
Usually wines from Costieres De Nimes tend to be looked down on, this is the exception.
The wine is a blend of Grenache, Mourvedre and I think a little Cinsault thrown in, which gives the wine soft berried tastes with a nice spicy finish. The wine is very enjoyable now and will get even better in another year. This is probably the best red this month to go with turkey.
The month everyone will get the Ceuso Scurati and you may select any two wines from the five that are offered. There is a heavy emphasis on Italian wine this month to celebrate both Columbus Day and Italian wine month.
Ceuso Scurati Sicily 2003 $18.99
Ceuso is the rising superstar of Sicilian wineries, creating the Super Sicilian wines to rival any Super Tuscan wine. Scurati is made up from 100% Nero D’Avola. The wine is very clean in nature do to stainless aging and tastes of plum and black berries and a velvety chocolate finish. The wine goes great with grilled vegetables and even better with lighter meats.
You may choose any two of the following
Borgianni Chianti 2002 Italy $10.99
Borgianni is a bit different than most Chianti in that it is a bit more muscular and tighter than most Tuscan Reds at this price. The wine is loaded with plum and berry flavors and a very large finish. This is a very well balanced wine that is very lively, but not over powering. Did I hear Pizza?
Capestrano Montepulciano d”Abruzzo Italy 2002 $9.99
This is probably the most floral and lively Montepulciano that I have had for this kind of price. There is plenty of soft, berried fruit up front and a bit of spice in the finish and a slight hint of tannin. Goes great with today’s American styled Italian cuisine.
Domaine d” Andezon Cotes Du Rhone France 2002 $11.99
This has always been one of my favorite Cotes Du Rhones. It is made entirely from old vine Syrah, which is rare, since most CDR’s are blends of Syrah and Grencahe, and the wine is neither fined nor filtered at bottling, so watch out for that last glassful. Had it last night with spicy Asian food and it was delicious.
You May choose one of the following white wines:
Boekenhoutskloof The Wolftrap South Africa 2003 $12.99
The Wolftrap is a Blend of Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon with a touch of Pinotage. The wine has the spice and zest of a Rhone wine and the smoothness of a Australian Shiraz.
Roger Lassarat Saint-Veran Cuvee Prestige France2001 $12.99
One of the greatest values in a white Burgundy anywhere, the wine is very floral with crisp hints of lemon, cream and mineral flavors. The wine is medium bodied and has a beautiful long intense finish.
You may choose two of the following red wines:
Las Rocas Garnacha Spain 2002 $9.99
Called by some as one of the greatest wine values in the world, it has delicious tastes of kirsch and licorice. The wine is taken from sixty-year-old vines and fermented in 60% Stainless and 40% in neutral wood fourdes.
Artazuri Red Navarra Spain 2002 $10.99
Very similar to Las Rocas except it is a bit bigger wine. This Grenache is loaded with strawberries, blackberries and cherries with a very full finish and an enormously long, spicy finish.
Gaujal de Saint Bon Picpoul de Pinet France 2003 $8.99
One of my favorite whites with seafood, due to its zingy slightly acidic character that reminds most of a Sauvignon Blanc, but its floral aroma and melon like taste is more Muscadet in style.
Red Bank The Long Paddock Shiraz/Cabernet Australia 2002 $9.99
Not the typical Shiraz/Cab blend, this wine has a bit more finesse and not as jammy in your face fruit, but a bit more subdued approach. There are plenty of plum and cherry tastes with a hint of chocolate in the wine. Will go well with one of the last cookouts you have this summer.
Concannon Petite Sirah Central Coast California 2002 $11.99
This is a wine that we like to call a fruit bomb. This rich and full-bodied baby has lots of cherry and blackberry flavors that are very soft and subtle and has fine tannins to support the silky smooth finish.
Concannon was the first winery to produce a Petit Sirah, (Petit Sirah has nothing in common with the Syrah grape, but is a grape called durif), sourcing their grapes from fifty year old vines. The wine matches well with Asian types of beef dishes (Teriyaki etc.), and grilled vegetables or drinks beautifully by itself.
Cristobal 1492 Oak Reserve Malbec 2002 Argentina $11.99
I am a big fan of Malbec, and this one did not let me down. My first impression was that this was going to be an oak monster, and boy was I wrong. Rich red fruits and vanilla jumped out of the glass with soft tannins and well integrated oak to balance the wine. The wine cries for any type of red meat or aged hard cheeses.
Villiera Chenin Blanc Stellenbosch South Africa 2003 $10.99
This is one of the better food wines out there, goes great with hot and spicy foods as well as any lighter fare. The wine is a little drier than most Chenins and has that great fig and quince notes to it with a touch of acidity and zest.