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680News wine reviews – July 13–15, 2007 

Turning Leaf Merlot Reserve 2005
Gallo, the world's largest winery, based in Modesto California, has been selling the Turning Leaf series of wines in our market for several years now, but this is the first year they have moved the product from 750 mL glass bottles into a 1000 mL Tetra Pak. In this new format the wine represents very good value at $12.95 on LCBO shelves. The colour is deep ruby and the wine has a nose of blackberries with mocha notes. On the palate it's soft and round with milk chocolate and vanilla flavours and melting tannins. An easy drinking wine, not a chess problem. That's Turning Leaf Merlot Reserve 2005 from California in Tetra Pak. Try it with pork loin or mild cheddar. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. (1000 mL Tetra Pak, LCBO #36509, $12.95)

Coyote's Run Unoaked Chardonnay 2006
Unoaked Chardonnay lets the grape express itself without make-up, because oak barrels impart a vanilla or coconut note to wines. So unoaked is unadorned and more and more Ontario wineries are adding this style of Chardonnay to their portfolio of labels. Coyote's Run is a small Niagara winery that makes a top-flight unoaked Chardonnay. Their 2006 vintage currently at the LCBO is pale straw in colour with a bouquet of apple crumble. It's lively and fresh on the palate with melon and citrus notes with a touch of caramel. It costs $15.15 a bottle. I tasted it with camembert cheese and the marriage was made in the kitchen – but it was a great union. That's Coyote's Run Unoaked Chardonnay 2006. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. (LCBO #26740, $15.15)

 

 

 

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