The words, "wide" and "stance" are innocent enough by themselves. However, taken together, "wide stance" can conjure up less-than-innocent imagery.
I wish to cleanse this phrase and implement it as a wine descriptor. To whit, what does the phrase, "this wine takes a wide stance," mean to you?
Perhaps it implies a brawny, lumberjack of a wine.
Maybe it describes wine with impressive length.
Actually, in this case, "wide stance" refers to wine that is balanced (it's difficult to knock over) from every perspective. Wide stance wine runs the gambit of flavor, tannin, acidity and restraint. A perfect wide stance wine is represented by Dominio de Tares' Baltos Mencia (2005, $12-$15, imported by Classical Wines). While the frolicking nudes on the Baltos label (at right) appear as if they are capable of striking numerous stances, it owes much of its stability to the hilly growing region of Bierzo. Of course the over-used sentiment of 'warm days and cool nights' being good for wine production is an apt descriptor of El Bierzo. This relatively balanced climate, coupled to the mountain-loving Mencia grape , one of Spain's secret wine weapons, produce one of the most food-friendly wines I've sampled in ages.
Dominio de Tares "Baltos" Mencia 2005
- A deep ruby red wine with dusty, leathery highlights 'round the rim
- Scents of rasp- and straw-berry, violets, a little earth and dash of mushroom
- Perfect balance in the mouth - the relatively simple flavor is accented and gussied-up with lively acidity and solid, structured tannins. The wine says 'adios' with a long finish powered by a solid 13.5% ABV.
- Try Baltos with pan-fried pork chops with white beans & radicchio, roasted chicken or classic spaghetti.