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680News wine reviews – August 22–24, 2008 

Nederburg Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Of all the New World Cabernet Sauvignons, the closest you'll get to a Bordeaux red in the $12 range come from South Africa. Nederburg Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 is deep ruby in colour with a smoky, tarry, blackcurrant nose. It's medium-bodied with savoury black fruit flavours, smoky and meaty with a dry finish and soft tannins. The kind of red wine that you can drink with a smoked meat sandwich or well aged cheddar. It costs $12.75 a bottle. That's Nederburg Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 from South Africa. You can find this review by visiting 680News.com and clicking on my link. For Post City News I'm Tony Aspler. ($12.75, LCBO #111526)

Sonoma Vineyards Merlot 2004
California Merlot is not the chess problem that Cabernet Sauvignon is. By that I mean it is not as complex a wine, it's more fruit driven, palate friendly and easy drinking. Sonoma Vineyards Merlot 2004 costs $19.45 a bottle at the LCBO. It has a deep ruby colour with a nose of cedar, red berries and blueberries. It's medium to full-bodied with sweet, well extracted fruit, nicely balanced with acidity. The tannins are ripe and mellow. This wine is an excellent choice for an upscale barbecue where you're serving duck breast or rack of lamb. That's Sonoma Vineyards Merlot 2004 from California. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. ($14.95, LCBO #60632)

 

 

 

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