Wine of the Week for April 16, 2007

Errazuriz Estate Carmenere 2005 - $13.95
Style: R2

Now but a faded memory in its native Bordeaux, Carmenere seems to have found the perfect terroir in Chile. Aromas here show tea, dried fruits, sassafras and spice, with a hint of wood. Very solid on the palate, with firm tannins, cherry, bumbleberry and tea flavour. Very flavourful with Good body and length, this solid performer could benefit from another year or two in the cellar. Pair with hearty roasts or stews. (LCBO 16238)

Worth a Look...

Konzelmann Riesling (Dry) 2006 VQA - $11.45
Style: More W2 than W3
Ontario: Niagara

I usually hold out for more character in Ontario riesling, but this one has charm and appeal that would fall in the vicinity of a vinho verde or muscadet. Aromas are delicate and include lime and beeswax. There's a light spritz on the palate that nicely sets up the lemon-lime flavour, with just a whisper of mango at the close. Should this November-style weather ever go away, I'd recommend this one for a lazy afternoon on the deck. (LCBO 200501)

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