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680 NEWS wine reviews – February 2–4, 2007 

Cathedral Cellar Chardonnay 2004
It seems as if I'm on a Chardonnay jag of late – maybe because I've been eating a lot of fish and chicken. But at a South African tasting recently I sampled a bottle of Cathedral Cellar Chardonnay 2004. It's priced at $14.95 at Vintages and I was very impressed with its quality for the price. It's straw coloured with a nose of tangerine and vanilla oak with a buttery note. It's medium-bodied and dry with flavours of apple and toast with a lingering nutty finish. Very stylish for the price. It would work well with roast chicken or grilled fish. The wine is available only at Vintages outlets. That's Cathedral Cellar Chardonnay 2004 from South Africa. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. ($14.95, Vintages #328559)

Masi Amarone 2001
A listener sent me an email the other day, asking why I only reviewed bargain-priced wines. Well, that's where most people shop – in the $10 to $15 price range. This gentleman loves Italian wines and he asked what was the best wine from that country on the LCBO's general list. For my palate it's Masi Amarone 2001. Amarone is made by drying the grape bunches once they've been harvested. This concentrates their sugars and acids. The resulting wine is rich and full-bodied, full of raisin and cherry and chocolate flavours. The great thing about this wine is its beautiful balance of fruit, acid, alcohol and oak. It costs 35 dollars and 5 cents a bottle. Try it with osso bucco. That's Masi Amarone 2001 from Veneto. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. ($35.05, LCBO #317057)

 

 

 

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