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680News wine reviews – January 11–13, 2008 

Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2007
If you want to taste the prototypical New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, visit your local Vintages outlet and pick up a bottle of Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2007. The wine is quite pale in colour, but don't be fooled by its pallor. It has an intense gooseberry, green leaf and asparagus nose that leaps out of the glass and grabs you by the... nostrils. The fruit is well extracted, offering guava-like flavours with a slight spritz on the tongue. Fresh and lively on the palate, and medium-bodied, it costs $18.75 a bottle. That's Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2007 from New Zealand, sold at Vintages outlets. I had it with blackened scallops and it was delicious. Or it'll work well with goat's cheese. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. ($18.75, Vintages #316570)

Mouton Cadet Reserve Médoc 2005
Mouton-Cadet used to turn up on every wine list in Toronto in the last century. You don't see it much these days, which is a pity, since the wine has improved a lot. Especially the reserve bottling. Currently at the LCBO is Mouton Cadet Reserve 2005 from the Medoc. The great 2005 Bordeaux vintage has given this wine extra power and concentration. Deep ruby in colour with a cedar, vanilla oak and red berry nose, the wine is medium-bodied, dry, full on the palate with blackcurrant and plum flavours and a fleshy, generous finish defined by supple tannins. It costs $16.95 a bottle at the LCBO and it goes beautifully with lamb. And not just because its name is Mouton. That's Mouton Cadet Reserve 2005 from Bordeaux. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. ($16.95, LCBO #52274)

 

 

 

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