680 NEWS wine reviews March 31April 2, 2006
Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 (British Columbia)
I hate to admit it, but British Columbia is making more consistently good red wines than we are in Ontario. They get a lot of sunshine in the southern Okanagan, Canada's only pocket desert. Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 is a case in point. The wine is dense purple-black in colour with a bouquet of cedar, blackcurrant and vanilla. It's full-bodied with well extracted, sweet succulent fruit. It's full on the palate with a chocolate and cassis flavour and a firm tannic finish. And really good value at $14.95. That's Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 from BC. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler.
$14.95 (LCBO #665257)
Riscal Tempranillo 2003 (Castilla y Leon, Spain)
European producers used to name their wines after the village or commune where the grapes were grown. Now they've taken a leaf out of the New World's book and started using the grape variety on the label. Riscal Tempranillo 2003 from the Castilla y Leon region of Spain is 100% Tempranillo grapes. The wine is ruby-purple in colour with a bouquet of black cherry, minerals and sweet oak. It's full-bodied, earthy with concentrated fruit flavours on a solid oak base. It costs $11.45. Works well with red meat dishes. That's Riscal Tempranillo 2003 from Spain. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler.
$11.45 (LCBO #620898)