March 09, 2005
Domaine Etxegaraya 2000 Irouléguy
Imported by Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant, Berkeley, Calif.; about $9
Don't let the strange combinations of consonants and vowels scare you away from this wine: I can't pronounce it either, but it's worth attempting to get the deliciousness inside. It's as rustic and wild as the craggy foothills of the Pyrenees deep in Basque France, where it grows.
Made from cabernet blended with tannic tannat, the wine is almost chewy with wild blackberry flavors and spice, just the thing for beefy winter stews or game meats like venison.
This review first appeared in the Denver Post.