Wine of the Week for March 26, 2007

Alianca Bairrada Reserva DOC 2003 - $8.25
Style: R3

I’m continuing my focus on Portuguese wines with this rich, deep ruby coloured example. Heady aromas include earth, garrigue, cherry, cedar, leather, red licorice and a whiff of perfume. The palate is soft with firm tannins, understated fruit and a fine acidic core. Weight and length are both medium. This could go another year or two in the cellar, or serve with chilli or spaghetti. (LCBO 158741)

Lehmann Weighbridge Chardonnay 2005 - $10.90
Style: W1

This, sadly, has been delisted by the LCBO, but you might be able to find bottles still on the shelves. (I hope it has a more prominent status outside of Ontario.) Light aromas here include spice, apple and quince with a suggestion of honey. The palate is quite tasty, showing apple and lemon flavours, with a crisp acidity. Good body and length, and a crisp lemony close. A bit shy, but very good value. (LCBO 622217)

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