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680 NEWS wine reviews – October 20–22, 2006 

Wynns Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
Coonawarra in South Australia is arguably the best place to grow Cabernet Sauvignon in that country. You can test this for yourself by picking up a bottle of Wynns Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 at the LCBO. It costs $19.95. What impressed me about this wine was that its bouquet which leapt out of the glass. Aromas of cedar, sweet blackcurrant and mint. The wine is medium to full-bodied with fruit forward flavours of blackcurrant and vanilla oak. The acidity gives it structure because the tannins are soft and supple. A great wine for rack of lamb. That's Wynns Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 from South Australia. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. ($19.95, LCBO # 502039)

Jackson-Triggs Grand Reserve Merlot 2002
Jackson-Triggs, Canada's largest winery, makes wines in British Columbia as well as Ontario. The red wines they make in BC have tended to outshine those of Ontario because of the warmer growing season in the southern Okanagan Valley. But the Jackson-Triggs Proprietors Grand Reserve Merlot 2002 from Ontario is a winner by any standards. Dense ruby in colour with a nose of cedar, vanilla and blueberry. The fruit is ripe and well extracted and the wine firmly structured; tannins are there but pliant. It costs $23.95 at Vintages stores. Yes, it's pricey but you can put it up against a Bordeaux red any day. That's Jackson-Triggs Proprietors Grand Reserve Merlot 2002. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. ($23.95, Vintages #563197)

 

 

 

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