Wine of the Week for October 14, 2009

Big oops on Regional Wine Week. It's this week, not last week. So here we're picking up from where we left off:

Sandbank's "Dunes" Vidal Reserve VQA 2008 - $12.95
Style: W2

Prince Edward County ON

The nose here is excellent , offering green apple, stone fruits, mineral and a bit of musk. Quite mouth filling, tart, with a crisp acidity, green apple, lemon and peach flavours with a whiff of smoke on the close. Very good body and length. Splendid: ripe and juicy with a huge palate. Good food choices would include soft cheeses, roast chicken or gnocchi. (LCBO 110031)

Chateau des Charmes Gamay Noir 2007 - $12.45
Style: R1

Canada: Niagara ON

Gamay is one of the grapes that excels in Ontario, and I would like to see more examples of this quality. Medium ruby in the glass, it shows lovely red berry aromas with hints of spice and hints of barnyard and bell pepper. The palate is ultra smooth, approaching delicate, but no fly-weight, showing ripe raspberry, a hint of vanilla and soft tannins. This one is dripping with elegance and would be a perfect partner for salmon or mushroom risotto. (LCBO 57349)

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