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680News wine reviews – June 22–24, 2007 

Cantina Tollo Roca Ventosa Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2005
You might think that a wine with a name like Cantina Tollo Rocca Ventosa Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2005 will be expensive – but it's one of the least costly wines at the LCBO. Before I tell you the price let me say that it's an incredible bargain. It's dense purple in colour with an earthy plum nose and a full-bodied taste of plums and blackberries. Nothing very nuanced here, just a hit of flavour in a rustic style. It costs $7.35 a bottle and you get 20 cents back when you return the bottle to the Beer Store. At that price it's a terrific hamburger or spaghetti wine. That's Cantina Tollo Roca Ventosa Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2005. If you can't remember that, check it out on my website – tony aspler.com. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. ($7.35, LCBO #428532)

Léon Beyer Riesling 2004
Regular listeners to this spot will know by now that I'm a great fan of the Riesling grape. Because it's so versatile. In Germany it can be light and floral with a sweetness challenged by acidity. In neighbouring Alsace, just across the border in northern France, it's a different wine altogether – much deeper and full on the palate and above all dry. One of the driest of Alsace Rieslings is Leon Beyer. The 2004 vintage is pale straw in colour with a nose of petrol, white honey, lemon and lime with a mineral note. It's medium-bodied with racy, fresh citrus flavours that linger long on the palate. Leon Beyer Riesling 2004 at $15.40 a bottle makes an excellent food wine. Try it with mussel soup or smoked salmon. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. ($15.40, LCBO #81471)

 

 

 

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