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680News wine reviews – January 4–6, 2008 

Delas Saint-Esprit
At the beginning of the year the LCBO is convinced that we've all blown our wine budgets over Christmas and have little left to spend at their Vintages outlets. So this Saturday's release is full of wines in the $12–15 range. One of the best values is Delas Saint-Esprit Côtes du Rhône 2005 from the southern Rhône Valley. It costs $14.85 a bottle. The wine is dense purple with a nose redolent of blackberries with a medicinal note; it's medium-bodied, dry with a spicy dark chocolate flavour and floral grace note on the finish. Try it with pepper steak or a rich stew. That's Delas Saint-Esprit Côtes du Rhône 2005 at Vintages stores. If you can't jot it down, go to 680 News.com and click on my link. For post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler ($14.85, Vintages #695668)

Bollini Pinot Grigio 2005
The French call it Pinot Gris, the Italians call it Pinot Grigio. The French model, from Alsace, has a lot of weight and yellow peach flavour; the Italian version is generally lighter and rather shy and retiring – which is very un-Italian. But there's an interesting bottling of Pinot Grigio currently at Vintages stores. It's Bollini Pinot Grigio 2005 from Trentino/Alto Adige. You can get it for $15.95 until Sunday, then it costs a buck more. The bouquet of white peach, citrus fruit and minerals is carried through as the flavour on the palate; medium-bodied and well made, it's an easy drinking dry wine that works well with any fish or seafood dish. That's Bollini Pinot Grigio 2005 from Italy. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. ($15.95, Vintages #951319 – limited time offer; $16.95 after Jan. 6, 2008)

 

 

 

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