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680News wine reviews – November 19–21, 2010 

Bodegas Martín Códax Cuatro Pasos Mencía 2008
Mencia is a Spanish grape variety grown in the north west of the country. We don't see much of it here but Vintages has a product now called Bodegas Martín Códax Cuatro Pasos Mencía 2008. The wine is deep purple in colour with a fragrant, exotic spicy nose of blueberries, herbs and violets; it's medium-bodied, rich and juicy on the palate with excellent acidity and soft, sweet tannins. It costs $16.95 at Vintages outlets. A good wine for roast chicken. That's Bodegas Martín Códax Cuatro Pasos Mencía 2008 from Spain. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler, 680News and 680News.com.  ($16.65, Vintages #39313)

Beaujolais Nouveau
On Thursday Beaujolais Nouveau was released. You might ask how can you drink a red wine that's only six weeks old. For these new wines, instead of macerating the skins with the juice during fermentation, whole uncut clusters of Gamay grapes are put into a stainless steel vat. The grapes on the bottom get crushed from the weight above and a fermentation starts, but it has nowhere to go so it gets inside the individual berries. After a week the grapes are pressed and you get a wine that's very low in tannin – that coarse, harsh taste in young red wines made the traditional way. If you get red wine headaches it's a reaction to tannin, so try Beaujolais Nouveau. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler, 680 News and 680News.com. (For reviews of this year's releases, see La primeur – this year's nouveaux and novelli.)

 

 

 

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