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680News wine reviews – March 21–23, 2008 

Henry of Pelham Meritage Cabernet-Merlot 2006
The term Meritage on a wine label means it's a New World wine made with the same grape varieties the winemakers use in Bordeaux. Ontario's Henry of Pelham spells it out both ways on its 2006 label – Meritage and Cabernet-Merlot. Never mind, the wine is very good for the price – which is $15.15 a bottle at the LCBO. It's deep ruby in colour with a smoky, minerally, red berry nose. There's lots of fruit here, firmly structured with nicely integrated oak. Have it blind and you'd think it was a Bordeaux Petit Château. That's Henry of Pelham Meritage Cabernet Merlot 2006. Great with lamb. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. ($15.15, LCBO #504241)

Les Vignerons du Castelas Côtes du Rhône Villages Rouge Vieilles Vignes 2003
Wine names seem to be getting longer and longer. How's this for a mouthful: Les Vignerons du Castelas Côtes du Rhône Villages Rouge Vieilles Vignes 2003, currently available at Vintages for $17.80 a bottle. Just remember Vignerons du Castelas and Rhone and check it out by visiting 680News.com and clicking on my link. The wine has a deep ruby colour; a nose of plums, spicy fruit cake and chocolate; it's medium to full-bodied with sweet fruit, soft tannins and a firm finish. Goes well with braised ribs. That's Les Vignerons du Castelas Côtes du Rhône Villages Rouge Vieilles Vignes 2003 at Vintages. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. ($17.80, Vintages #34116)

 

 

 

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