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680News wine reviews – January 30–February 1, 2009 

D'Arenberg D'Arry's Original 2005
One of my favourite Australian wineries is D'Arenberg. Not only for the wild and whacky names of their wines but because they make good wines at all price points. D'Arenberg D'Arry's Original 2005 is a blend of fifty percent each of Shiraz and Grenache from McLaren Vale. Deep ruby-purple in colour it has a pronounced nose of blackberry with herbal notes. It's full-bodied with sweet spicy black fruit flavours and supple tannins. Good value at $19.95 a bottle from Vintages outlets. Try it with beef casserole or fresh parmesan. That's D'Arenberg D'Arry's Original 2005 from Australia. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. ($19.95, Vintages #942904)

Sonoma-Cutrer Russian River Ranches Chardonnay 2006
The Russian River region in the Sonoma Valley is the nearest California gets to making a Chardonnay that tastes like a white Burgundy. At Vintages outlets is Sonoma-Cutrer Russian River Ranches Chardonnay 2006. Medium straw in colour, it has a nose of caramel, apples and macadamia nuts. It's full-bodied, beautifully balanced with clean lines, good length and a mineral nuance on the finish. It costs $24.95 but think of what good white Burgundy costs. Try it with grilled salmon or roast chicken. That's Sonoma-Cutrer Russian River Ranches Chardonnay 2006 from California at Vintages. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler. ($24.95, Vintages #608653)

 

 

 

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