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680News wine reviews – February 3–5, 2012 

Ravine Sand & Gravel Redcoat 2010
Ravine Sand & Gravel Redcoat may seem a strange name to give a red wine from Ontario but it speaks to the soil in which the grapes were grown. In this case, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon grown by Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery in St. Davids. Vanilla oak, cedar and plum with a spicy note greet the nose. On the palate, the wine has a rich plum and blackberry flavour with a smoky note and a soft mouth feel. It costs $17.95. Works well burgers. That's Ravine Sand & Gravel Redcoat 2010 from Ontario. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler, 680News and 680News.com. ($17.95, LCBO #260406)

Fat Bastard Sauvignon Blanc 2010
"Fat Bastard" was how the winemaker Thierry Boudinaud described a Chardonnay he had made, and the name stuck. Now there is a range of six under that label. Recently I tasted the 2010 Sauvignon Blanc and it's a very tasty wine for $12.95. My notes read "tart, lemony, rhubarb nose with a grassy, gooseberry flavour." True varietal character for a wine from the Languedoc. Try it with grilled fish or seafood. That's Fat Bastard Sauvignon Blanc 2010 from France. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler, 680News and 680News.com. ($12.95, LCBO #610659)

 

 

 

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