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680 NEWS wine reviews – October 13–15, 2006 

Santa Carolina Merlot Reserve 2005
Chilean red wines still offer the best value for your money at the LCBO. These table-friendly wines have great quality of fruit for the price. Take Santa Carolina Merlot Reserve 2005 for example. It's dense purple in colour, which shows concentration; yet it doesn't overwhelm the palate with oak or alcohol because of the richly extracted sweet currant and blueberry flavours. It's medium-bodied, well made and finishes with a firm structure of tannins – which means you can drink it now if you open it for an hour before serving, or hold it in your cellar for a couple of years. Serve it with spicy pork loin or grilled quail. That's Santa Carolina Merlot Reserve 2005 from Chile. Tony Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. ($12.95, LCBO #324590)

Bin 15a Shiraz 2004
Last week, I told you about a wine called Chat-en-oeuf that has a label of a cat sitting on an egg. Well, the same producer, Paul Boutino, after sending up his compatriots in the Rhone Valley, has turned his humourous sights on Australia to poke a little fun at the Aussies' predilection for bin numbers. From the company base in Languedoc, he's produced a wine called Bin 15a Shiraz 2004. The label is a photo of a garbage can standing outside the steps to a front door. On the garbage can is painted the number 15a. The wine happens to be very good for the price. For $10.95 you get a medium-bodied red with a nose of cedar, smoke and cherries, flavours that follow through on the palate with a floral grace note and lively acidity. An ideal hamburger or pizza wine. That's Bin 15a Shiraz from the Languedoc. For Post City Magazine, I'm Tony Aspler. ($10.95, LCBO # 21154)

 

 

 

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