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680News wine reviews – July 27–29, 2007 

Valcolli Cantine Vecchi Ricordi Barbera d'Asti 2003
If your palate is tiring of New World fruit bombs and you're looking for a red wine that goes with pasta or even fish grab a bottle of Valcolli Cantine Vecchi Ricordi Barbera d'Asti 2003. I know that's a mouthful, but you can find it on my website, tonyaspler.com. For $11.95 you get a wine that's deep ruby in colour with a nose of black cherries, dark chocolate and oak. It's medium-bodied with a tangy cherry and cherry pit flavour and a zesty acidic finish. You can chill it lightly to bring out the acidity if you want to served with fish. That's Valcolli Cantine Vecchi Ricordi Barbera d'Asti 2003 from the Piemonte region of northern Italy. For Post City magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. ($11.95, LCBO #32045)

Hillebrand Trius Red 2005
Remember the summer of 2005, how hot it was? Well, it followed a very cold winter that killed off a lot of buds on the grapevines of Niagara and the harvest was down dramatically in tonnage as a result. But the small crop proved to be a fine vintage. Hillebrand's Trius Red 2005 is a great example. Winemaker Darryl Brooker has done a great job with this Bordeaux–style wine. It's deeply coloured ruby with a classic nose of cedar, vanilla oak and blackcurrants and an added smoky note; it's medium-bodied with sweet blackcurrant fruit backed by toasty oak and soft tannins on the finish. It costs $19.95 at the LCBO. Try it with lamb cutlets or prime rib. That's Hillebrand Trius Red 2005. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. ($19.95, LCBO #303800)

 

 

 

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