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680 NEWS wine reviews – April 28–30, 2006 

Caves des Papes Côtes du Ventoux (Rhône)
If your predilection is for red wines with lots of body and flavour but not too much oak, look for Caves des Papes Côtes du Ventoux. This wine from the southern Rhone is deep ruby purple in colour. The bouquet is an intriguing mix of wet earth, chocolate and sweet raspberry. It's medium- to full-bodied with a sweet blackberry flavour, firm and fruity with soft tannin and excellent value at $10.20 a bottle. That's Caves des Papes Côtes du Ventoux from France. Try it with beef stew or lamb shanks. For post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. (LCBO #569095)

Twin Fin Pinot Noir 2004 (California)
Pinot Noir is perhaps the hardest wine to get right. It's like the little girl with the curl – when's she's good she's very, very good, but when she's bad she's horrid. Well, there's a new listing from California called Twin Fin Pinot Noir 2004 that's very good for the price. It's $13.95. You get real varietal character here. The flavour is raspberry jam with a minerally note and a nice firm structure. The Twin Fin reference, incidentally, is to surfing, not a suggestion that it's a wine for fish. That's Twin Fin Pinot noir 2004 from California. For Post City magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. (LCBO #613281)

 

 

 

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