680 NEWS wine reviews – January 12–14, 2018

Negrar Corvina Verona 2015
Valpolicella and Amarone are usually blends of three grape varieties, with Corvina being the dominant player. But more and more winemakers in the Veneto region are producing wines made from 100% Corvina. New to LCBO shelves is Cantina di Negrar Corvina 2015, and I’m here to tell you that this is one of the best bargains on the general list at the moment. Deep ruby in colour, it offers a floral nose of cherry and blackcurrant, flavours that are replicated on the medium-weight palate. Fruity and fresh, it’s remarkably elegant for its $9.85 price tag. Great with meat pasta dishes or pizza with salami. That’s Cantina di Negrar Corvina Verona 2015 from Italy. For Post City Magazines, I’m Tony Aspler, 680 NEWS. ($9.85, LCBO #519199) (89)

Catena Alamos Selección Malbec 2014
Catena is, to my mind, Argentina’s most progressive winery. Their whole portfolio is charaterized by precise and intelligent winemaking. You’ll see what I mean if you try Catena’s Alamos Selección Malbec 2014, currently at Vintages stores for $16.95 a bottle. Deep ruby in colour, it has a cedary, herbal, blackberry nose with a light floral note; medium-bodied and dry, a ripe blackberry flavour fills the mouth held to dryness by lively acidity and mellow tannins. Try it with hearty winter casseroles. That’s Catena Alamos Selección Malbec 2014 from Argentina at Vintages. For Post City Magazines, I’m Tony Aspler, 680 NEWS. (VINTAGES #322800) (89).

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