680 NEWS wine reviews June 30July 2, 2006
Escudo Rojo 2002 (Chile)
Chilean reds are BBQ-friendly. Recently I tasted Escudo Rojo 2002. Escudo Rojo translates from the Spanish as Red Shield, which in German is Rothschild. The connection, of course, is that it's the Rothschild family, of Mouton-Rothschild fame, who own the brand. With that kind of provenance you'd expect something good and it is. This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere and Cabernet Franc, is dense ruby in colour with a smoky, vanilla, chocolate and black fruit nose. It's medium-bodied, chunky on the palate with earthy, blackcurrant and black cherry flavours. It costs $16.90 a bottle That's Escudo Rojo 2002 from Chile. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler.
Mission Hill Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2003 (British Columbia)
We don't see a lot of wines from British Columbia in our market, but the reds grown in southern part of the province around Oliver and Osoyoos are impressive. That area is Canada's only desert, incidentally. Mission Hill has extensive vineyards down there and the winery's Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2003 shows what you can do when you get super ripe grapes. This Cabernet is deep purple in colour with a bouquet of vanilla, cedar and blackcurrants with a grace note of rose petals; it's medium bodied, dry, well balanced with nicely integrated oak. A perfect partner for rack of lamb. The price? $20.95. Treat yourself, it's worth it. That's Mission Hill Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2003 from BC. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler.