Wine of the Week for September 13, 2010

Bullsblood Merlot-Kekfrankos 2007 - $ 9.95
Style: R1

So the truth comes out: bull's blood is just merlot plus some of Hungary’s signature red grape. The nose seems slightly oxidized and port-like but not objectionably so, with dark berries, black currant and blueberry aromas. Richer than expected, with sour cherry and raspberry flavour, soft tannins and a finely-tuned acidity. With medium body and length, it’s not for everyone but it's a decent Tuesday night wine or take a bottle to a party for the "hmm" factor. Oh, it's a 1-litre bottle. Try with meatballs in any sort of sauce or a hearty pizza. (LCBO 139980)
Currently 123 LCBO stores have 6 or more bottles (according to on-line database)

A Canadian Moment ...

Lake & River Series River Rock Red 2008 - $ 10.95
Style: R1

Canada: LENS 

It’s good to see “real” Ontario wine coming in at a moderate price point. The nose here is fairly rich, with rose petals, plum, dried cherry and pepper. More modest on the palate, yet flavourful enough, with plum, prune and black raspberry flavours atop moderate tannins. Good body and length, it's a great bargain in a summer weight. Try it with burgers, chilli or smoked salmon. (LCBO 183103)
Currently 152 LCBO stores have 6 or more bottles (according to on-line database)

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