680 NEWS Wine Reviews — December 8–10, 2017

Dominio del Plata Susana Balbo Crios Malbec 2015 
One of the best value Malbecs from Argentina is Dominio del Plata Susana Balbo Crios Malbec 2015. For $14.95 you get a dense purple wine with a spicy plum nose lifted with vanilla oak. It’s medium-bodied, dry and fruity but firmly structured and easy-drinking. Serve it with red meat dishes or old cheddar. That’s Dominio del Plata Susana Balbo Crios Malbec 2015 at Vintages outlets. For Post City Magazines, I’m Tony Aspler, 680 NEWS. ($14.95, Vintages #162529) (88)

Ilok Cellars Grasevina 2016 
We don’t see many wines from Croatia coming through the LCBO but currently on the shelves is Ilok Cellars Classic Grasevina 2016. Grasevina is what the Croatians call Welschriesling, which – just to confuse you – has nothing to do with Wales; it’s also known as Riesling Italico. Anyway, the wine is bright straw in colour with a greenish tint. It has a grassy, minerally nose of grapefruit – and come on rather like a well-balanced, cool-climate Sauvignon Blanc. It costs $13.95 a bottle at Vintages outlets and works well with fish dishes. That’s Ilok Cellars Grasevina 2016 from Croatia. For Post City Magazines, I’m Tony Aspler, 680 NEWS. ($13.95, Vintages #517474) (89)

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