Varsity Liquors' Wines of the Month
With Summer just days away, we here in Princeton can look forward to slightly quieter times here in town. Our selections this month reflect the more relaxed atmosphere we all get to enjoy with two entries from Spain and one from California.
“Glamour” Carinena Riserva 1993, Spain
On occasion we stumble across a bottle that it reminds us of the endless variations that are possible when it comes to wine. A wine that is as individualistic as any we have had, this predominantly temperanillo blend from the small D.O.C region of Carinena has a rich full flavor and a creamy smoothness. The soft and rounded aspect comes from the years of barrel ageing it has received in order to be considered a “Riserva” under Spanish law. I would try this one by itself or maybe with some good quality chocolate from Belgium, or France, or maybe even some from Schlumberger of San Francisco.
“Vionta” Albarino Rias Baixas 1999
The Rias Biaxas is the part of Spain to the north of Portugal that overlooks the Atlantic Coast. In this region of lush greenery with an almost “Edenesque” quality, Albarino is the grape with the highest pedigree and is often the most expensive in Spain. Producing wines with bright, zingy, fruit, they pair well with seafood of all kinds. This particular wine has a soft and creamy nose that almost reminds me of apple custard, but stays dry and brightly fruity on the palette. This wine makes a nice substitute when sauvignon blanc might be the default wine, but you just feel like something a little different.
Boyer Chardonnay 1998, Monterey County
As little as 10 years ago, Monterey County, to the south of San Francisco was over-looked as a wine-growing region. As things stand today, some of the most recognized names in California are obtaining grapes from the vineyards of Monterey. The 1998 Boyer Chardonnay is loaded with rich fruit flavors in the mouth. Rick Boyer achieves a nice balance between the fruit characteristics and the crisp acidity that makes this a chardonnay that can pair with food. Richer chicken dishes such as Chicken Cordon Bleu or Chicken with a Gorgonzola Cream sauce would work rather well.