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680 NEWS wine reviews – February 16–18, 2007  

Bodega Lurton Pinot Gris 2005
Argentina is a hot a wine category these days. Because that's where the best wine bargains are coming from. Take, for example, Bodega Lurton Pinot Gris 2005 from the Valle de Uco, southeast of the better-known Mendoza Valley. The wine is light straw in colour with a minerally, peach pit nose. It's medium bodied with a round, unctuous mouth feel and a touch of sweetness in mid palate with a lovely fresh peach flavour. It costs $11.15 a bottle and you won't find a Pinot Gris at that price that exhibits such a clean, mouth-filling taste. You can serve it, lightly chilled, with white meats or fish. That's Bodega Lurton Pinot Gris 2005 from Argentina. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. (LCBO #556746, $11.15)

Likan Merlot 2005
Concha Y Toro is the Gallo of Chile. They make a lot of wine. From very expensive like Almaviva to affordable bargains like the Casillero del Diablo range. They also do a nifty job with tetrapak wines under the Likan label. 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. It costs $12.15 for the litre. Talking of structure, I wish these tetrapaks had a firm structure. Good for winter stews or hamburgers if you're brave enough to BBQ outside on at this time of year. That's Likan L-I-K-A-N Merlot 2005 from Chile. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. (LCBO #665331, 1000 mL, $12.15)

 

 

 

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