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680 NEWS wine reviews – March 11–13, 2016 

Beyra Vinhos de Altitude Reserva 2012
You gotta love Portuguese wines for their pricing. Beyra Vinhos de Altitude Reserva 2012 at Vintages outlets is a blend of Tempranillo, Mercia and the port grape Touriga Nacional. Grown at altitude, it also has attitude. Dense purple in colour, it has an earthy nose of blueberry, vanilla oak and pencil lead. It's medium-bodied with sweet fruit that finishes dry on the palate. Well-balanced, it's easy drinking and easy on the pocketbook at $15.95. A wine for steak. That's Beyra Vinhos de Altitude Reserva 2012 from Portugal at Vintages outlets. For Post City Magazines I'm Tony Aspler, 680 NEWS. ($15.95, Vintages #429043)

Veramonte Primus Carmenère 2012
Chilean Carmenère, long thought to be Merlot, is a fascinating grape worth discovering. Currently at Vintages outlets is Veramonte Primus Carmenère 2012, a bold, full-bodied wine, dense purple in colour, with a nose of plums and vanilla oak. Richly extracted flavours of blackcurrants backed by spicy oak fill the palate. The mouth-feel is soft and the flavour lingering. It costs $19.95 a bottle. Match it with rich meat dishes. That's Veramonte Primus Carmenère 2012 from Chile. For Post City Magazines I'm Tony Aspler, 680 NEWS. ($19.95, Vintages #439356)

 

 

 

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