Varsity Liquors' Wines of the Month
Bella Vigna Merlot 1998, Lodi California
This wine is a special treat that we have the opportunity to bring to our loyal wine club customers. Established in the 1920’s by Italian immigrants, this vineyard contains some of California’s’ oldest merlot vines. A wine with the elegance and balance of some fifteen and twenty dollar wines for much, much less. We were only able to obtain a limited quantity of this wine, so if you do like it, let us know.
Framingham Sauvignon Blanc 2000, Marlborough New Zealand
Over the last five to seven years, the buzz about New Zealand has been all Sauvignon Blanc. Framingham is a smaller producer that has only been producing Sauvignon Blanc since the 1996 vintage. This wine offers up more than the fresh grapefruit that is the hallmark of New Zealand S.B., It also has a more muscular and ripe aspect with a little bit of minerality from the predominantly gravel soils on which it is grown. If I were having this with dinner, I would use it to accompany seafood of all kinds, but would prefer it with more robust selections like Swordfish Grilled with Lime and Cilantro or perhaps a Ginger-Crusted Sea Bass from Nassau Street Seafood.
MontGras Riserva "Quatro" 1999, Colchagua Valley Chile
The MontGras winery is a cooperative effort between the Gras brothers and a gentleman named Cristián Hartwig, whose wine we featured two months past. This wine is an unusual blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, and Carmenère, and comes across initially as bright and fruity, but has much more than just fruit to offer. A serious dollop of French oak is apparent, with vanilla intertwined among deep black fruits and a little bit of earth to balance it all out. This wine is chewy enough to pair well with any meal of red meat, from plain old "steak on the barbie" to something more exotic like Buffalo burgers.