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Likan Merlot 2005 (Chile)
$11.95 (LCBO #665331, 1000 mL)
Now, I'm not a great fan of wine in cardboard – it's generally not very good – but Likan Merlot 2005 in a 1000 mL tetrapak is very tasty indeed. It's deep ruby in colour with blackcurrant and vanilla and a roasted note on the nose; it's medium-bodied with sweet, chocolatey fruit, very forward but with a firm structure. Good value. ***½
Food match: hamburger; beef stew

Lurton Terra Sana Syrah 2005 (Roussillon)
$12.95 (LCBO #320580)
The Lurtons are French, but they have a thing about the New World style of winemaking. Their wines are fruit forward and accessible. This one is purple in colour with a nose of blackberries and white pepper; it's dry, but there is a suggestion of sweetness in mid-palate with a soft tannic landing. ***½
Food match: flank steak; pork loin

Rosemount Diamond Shiraz 2005 (Australia)
$15.95 (LCBO #302349)
Rosemount Diamond Shiraz has a new look for the 2005 vintage. The bottle has been squared off at the bottom to give it a diamond footprint. Very classy and easy to grip. And you'll like what's inside too. The wine is deep ruby in colour with a nose of black cherries and ground pepper. It's full on the palate with blackberry and blue berry flavours, firmly structured with great balance. ****
Food match: pepper steak or venison stew

 

 

 

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