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680 NEWS wine reviews – October 27–29, 2006 

MontGras Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva 2005
My recommendation this week is MontGras Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva 2005 from Chile. The winemaker, Hernan Gras, used to make wine at Brights in Ontario before returning to his native Chile in 1992 to start up his own winery with his brother. His Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva is one of the great bargains at the LCBO. Dense ruby colour with a nose of blackcurrant, cedar, and white pepper, it's medium-bodied, fleshy, with flavours of blackcurrant and dark chocolate finishing with a firm structure. Try it with lamb shanks or 5-year-old Cheddar. It costs $11.65. That's MontGras Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva 2005 from Chile. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. ($11.65, LCBO #619205)

Umberto Cesari Moma 2004
All twenty of Italy's provinces produce wine. But some get all the limelight. Emilia-Romagna is known for its food and its Lambrusco sparkling wine. But there's a wine from this region at Vintages that I'd like to draw your attention to. Umberto Cesari Moma 2004 is a blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. It's dense ruby in colour with rustic, earthy, plum and blackberry flavours. The sweet plummy fruit is medium-bodied, soft on the mid palate but with a good acidic finish. It's old-style Italian wine just right for tomato-based pasta dishes. It costs $17.95 and is available only at vintages stores. That's Umberto Cesari Momoa 2004 from Emilia-Romagna. For post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. ($17.95, Vintages #5405)

 

 

 

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