680News wine reviews September 2123, 2007
Penfolds Koonunga Hill Chardonnay 2006
Penfolds in Australia makes a lot of good wines across its wide range of labels. You can tell if a winery cares about quality by tasting its entry-level wines. Penfolds Koonunga Hill Chardonnay 2006 speaks volumes about Australia's largest company. It's a terrific bargain at $14.15 a bottle. Straw coloured with a concentrated bouquet of buttery oak and tropical fruit aromas, it's sweet and spicy on the palate, clean lined with good acidity. Medium to full-bodied, it's the kind of wine that marries well with roast chicken or runny Camembert. That's Penfolds Koonunga Hill Chardonnay 2006 from Australia. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. ($14.15, LCBO #321943)
Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino 2001
Whenever I taste a Tuscan wine I am ready to be astonished. And boy, did I enjoy Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino 2001. This Sangiovese-based wine is available at Vintages outlets only. It costs $29.95 for a half bottle, and that is a great price for a mature Brunello. The colour is dense ruby, the nose redolent of vanilla oak, black cherries and violets. It's robust and full on the palate, firmly structured and still youthful. Spoil yourself you deserve it. Try it with grilled quail or veal chop. That's Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino 2001 from Tuscany in the half bottle at Vintages outlets. If you're in the car just go to 680News.com and click on my link for the review. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. ($29.95, Vintages #35303).