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680News wine reviews – January 25–27, 2008 

Cono Sur Merlot 2006
The movie Sideways did two things for wine: It made Pinot Noir a star and it virtually killed the sales of Merlot. Which is a pity because Merlot delivers some pretty good wines. And in Chile it's very affordable. Cono Sur Merlot 2006 is a real bargain at $10.05 a bottle. It's deep ruby in colour with a nose of cedar, blueberry and currants accentuated with a touch of vanilla oak. For the price, the wine has a rich mouth feel. It's fruity and firm with soft tannins. Try it with hamburgers or spicy Italian sausage. That's Con Sur – spelled C-o-n-o, new word, S-u-r, Merlot 2006 from Chile. For Post City Magazine, I'm Tony Aspler. ($10.05, LCBO #457176)

Ironstone Vineyards Old Vine Zinfandel 2006
You may come across wine labels that trumpet the fact that the wine was made from "Old Vines." The question is, how old is old, because there's no regulation in any region that states that a vine must be at least 25 or 30 years in the ground to be called "old." In California there's a lot of Old Zinfandel vines, a variety that was first planted in the mid 1800s. Vintages stores currently carry Ironstone Vineyards Old Vine Zinfandel 2006. It costs $16.85. The colour is deep ruby with a nose of blackberries and leather; it's full-bodied with a smoky, tarry, sweet blackberry flavour and a floral flourish on the finish. Try to say that after a couple of glasses. That's Ironstone Vineyards Old Vine Zinfandel 2006 from California at vintages stores. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. ($16.85, Vintages #951889)

 

 

 

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