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680News wine reviews – September 18–20, 2015 

Ventisquero Root 1 Carmenère
I'm a fan of Chile's Carmenère, the grape previously mistaken for Merlot until DNA tasting showed it was the rare Bordeaux variety. The LCBO is currently carrying Ventisquero Root 1 Carmenère from the Colchagua Valley. Deep ruby colour, the wine has a smoky, cedary, blackberry nose with hints of vanilla oak and pencil lead. It's mouth-filling with sweet blackcurrant and plum flavours, soft tannins and bright acidity; it also has an intriguing coffee note on the finish. Serve it with red meat dishes. That's Ventisquero Root: 1 Carmenère from Chile For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler, 680 NEWS. ($12.95, LCBO #350546)

Boekenhoutskloof Porcupine Ridge Syrah 2014
Every new vintage I try to pick up a bottle of Boekenhoutskloof Porcupine Ridge Syrah from South Africa. The 2014 vintage, currently at Vintages outlets, is a deep ruby colour with a violet rim. It offers a nose of smoked meat with herbal and blackberry notes. The well-balanced and lingering flavour is rich and savoury with blackberry, dark chocolate and iodine notes. Perfect for barbecued meats, and good value at $14.95. That's Boekenhoutskloof Porcupine Ridge Syrah 2014. You'll recognize it by the porcupine on the label. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler, 680 NEWS. ($14.95, Vintages #595280)

 

 

 

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