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680 NEWS wine reviews – September 1–3, 2006 

Gallo Turning Leaf Pinot Noir 2005
A drinkable Pinot Noir for $12 is not an easy wine to find. So let me direct you to the Californian shelves at the LCBO for E&J Gallo Turning Leaf Pinot Noir 2005 at $12.10. Added bonus, it comes with a screwcap. It's a wine with lots of flavour and personality for the price. Any wine that delivers a note of flowers in the bouquet gets my vote. This Pinot Noir is deep ruby in colour with a nose of oak and black cherry plus that floral grace note; it's full-bodied with a sweet core to the cherry fruit, well extracted and firm. You can't beat the price. Try it with lamb or duck breast. That's Gallo Turning Leaf Pinot Noir 2005 from California. For post city Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. ($12.10, LCBO #669101)

Cookoothama Shiraz 2004
A useful addition to the burgeoning Shiraz category at the LCBO is Cookoothama Shiraz 2004 from South Eastern Australia. Cookoothama, incidentally, is an Aboriginal word meaning "fertile land." The wine itself is ruby coloured with a nose of vanilla oak, spice and red fruits; it's medium-bodied with a range of raspberry, blackcurrant and cherry flavours driven by lively acidity and backed by toasty oak. It costs $14 a bottle. Try it with veal chops or lamb shanks. That's Cookoothama Shiraz 2004 from Australia. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. ($14, LCBO #619460)

 

 

 

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