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680News wine reviews – December 10–12, 2010 

Flat Roof Manor Merlot 2009
Nothing gives me more pleasure than to find a wine in the $10–12 range that I can recommend. Flat Roof Manor Merlot 2009 comes from South Africa and costs $10.95 at the LCBO. It's a really tasty drop of wine. The colour is deep ruby; the nose has that distinctive South African smoky-tarry note above the blackberry fruit. It's full on the palate with sweet blackcurrant and blueberry flavours and its acidity gives the wine a decent length. That's Flat Roof Manor Merlot 2009. Try it with uncomplicated dishes like hamburger or pasta. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler, 680 News and 680News.com. ($10.95, LCBO #129874)

J.P. Chenet Premier de Cuvee Merlot Cabernet 2008
I'm always wary of wines that advertise themselves as being "the biggest selling French wine in the world" but I was pleasantly surprised by J. P. Chenet Premier de Cuvee Merlot Cabernet 2008 from the Languedoc region. For $11.95 you get an easy-drinking wine that doesn't have a lot of complexity but you get real concentration of blackcurrant and blueberry flavours with a spicy cinnamon note and a soft mouth feel. Match it with meat loaf or shepherd's pie. That's J.P. Chenet Premier de Cuvee Merlot Cabernet 2008 from the Pays d'Oc. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler, 680 News and 680News.com. ($11.95, LCBO #621995)

 

 

 

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