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680 NEWS wine reviews – September 15–17, 2017 

Bodega Altanza Lealtanza Rioja Reserva 2011
Vintages has been releasing some richly flavoured, bottle-aged red wines from Spain's Rioja region lately. My pick today is Bodega Altanza Lealtanza Rioja Reserva 2011. Ruby-plum in colour with a mature rim, it offers a cedary, sandalwood nose of strawberry puree; it's medium-bodied, dry, elegant, beautifully balanced and firmly structured with a long finish. Great mouth-feel finishing with fresh acidity. It costs $19.95 at Vintages outlets and works well with red meat dishes. That's Bodega Altanza Lealtanza Rioja Reserva 2011 from Spain at Vintages outlets. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler, 680 NEWS. ($19.95, Vintages #208223) (89)  

Wolfberger W3 2015
In the Alsace region winemakers used to make a blend called Edelzwicker, usually comprised of three white varieties. Wolfberger, a large co-operative there, have revived the tradition by producing a blend of Riesling, Muscat and Pinot Gris which they call Wolfberger W3. The 2015 vintage currently on LCBO shelves at $15.95 is medium straw in colour with a fragrant, honeysuckle, apple and grapefruit nose; it's medium-bodied, just off dry, full on the palate and absolutely delicious. You can serve it as an aperitif or match it with lightly curried dishes. That's Wolfberger W3 2015 from France at the LCBO. For Post City Magazines, I'm Tony Aspler, 680 NEWS. ($15.95, LCBO #476929) (89)

 

 

 

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