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680 NEWS wine reviews – February/March '06 

  1. Masianco 2004 (Veneto)
    If you're a member of the ABC club – Anything But Chardonnay – try this unusual blend from Italy. Actually, it's a blend of grapes from two provinces, Pinot Grigio from Veneto and the little known Verduzzo from Friuli, where it's best known as a sweet wine. The wine is Masianco 2004, made by Masi, and it costs $14.95. It's very pale in colour with a delicate bouquet of wet stones and lemon blossom with a honeyed note; it's medium-bodied, dry with apricot and peach flavours; very elegant. That's Masianco 2004 from Italy. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. (LCBO # 620773)
  2. Peter Lehmann Barossa Cabernet Merlot 2003 (Australia)
    Peter Lehmann's wine style is as outgoing and bear-hugging as the man himself. His Barossa winery is best known for its Shiraz, but they also make a big Cabernet Merlot blend. The Peter Lehmann Barossa Cabernet Merlot 2003 is deep ruby in colour with a minty, blackberry, black cherry flavour and a dash of vanilla oak. It's full-bodied as you'd expect from an Aussie Cab, expansive on the palate with sweet black fruit flavours and a chocolate-like finish. It costs $15.95 a bottle. That's Peter Lehmann Barossa Cabernet Merlot from Australia. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. (LCBO # 621615)
  3. Lindemans Bin 95 Sauvignon Blanc (Australia)
    When you think New World Sauvignon Blanc, it's New Zealand that springs to mind, not Australia. But the Aussies make some very drinkable Sauvignons at bargain prices. Take Lindemans Bin 95 Sauvignon Blanc 2005 from South Eastern Australia. For $10.60 a bottle you get a medium-bodied, dry white wine, light straw in colour with a mid-palate flavour of sweet green fig and gooseberry. It's a very refreshing wine and would go well with goat's cheese or a chicken salad dish. That's Lindemans Bin 95 Sauvignon Blanc 2005 from Australia. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. (LCBO #181388)
  4. St. Patrick's Day.
    How do you intend celebrating St. Patrick's Day? A pint of Guinness? Wearing the green? Why not have a glass of Irish Whiskey? Irish differs from single malt scotch in that the malted barley is not dried over peat smoke. And it's distilled three times, rendering it very smooth and easy drinking with a sweet oaky note. My favourite Irish whiskey is Redbreast 12 Year Old. It's deeply coloured with a vanilla, fruity-toasty nose complemented by coffee bean and orange peel notes. In Ireland I paid $50 a bottle only to find when I got home that it was $36.55 at the LCBO. That's Redbreast Irish whiskey. For Post City magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. (LCBO #636845)
  5. Masi Campofiorin 2002 (Veneto)
    Masi Campofiorin from Veneto is a Valpolicella with attitude. It's made by the ripasso method, adding the newly fermented wine onto the lees of their Amarone production. 2002 was a difficult vintage in Veneto, marred by hail, so Masi decided not to make any Amarone that year but to put all their grapes into Campofiorin. The result is a much richer wine. Deeply coloured with a spicy blueberry and cherry nose, it's medium-bodied, lively on the palate with racy acidity and a high toned, raisiny flavour. Try it with pasta with meat sauce or fresh parmesan cheese. That's Masi Campofiorin 2002. It costs $17 a bottle. For post City Magazines I'm Tony Aspler. (LCBO #155051)
  6. Concha y Toro Likan Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 (Chile)
    Everyone seems to getting into the tetrapak business. Now it's Chile's largest wine producer, Concha Y Toro. Being Chile, you'd expect some great value, and they deliver. A litre tetrapak of Likan Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 will cost you $11.95. And the wine inside the cardboard isn't too shabby. It's deeply coloured with a smoky, roasted berry nose. It's medium-bodied with a dry, chocolate and red berry flavour. A little short on the finish, but the price is right. Be careful how you pour; don't squeeze the middle of the box. What you save in volume you might spend on dry cleaning bills. That's Concha y Toro Likan Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 from Chile. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. (LCBO #665349)




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